UPS and Fast Radius to open 3D printing centre in Singapore
UPS and Fast Radius plan to open a new 3D printing facility in Singapore before the end of 2016. UPS and its partner Fast Radius also plan to have a 3D printing hub in Europe.
As previously reported, UPS has set a 3D printing operation whereby clients can arrange to have items produced at Fast Radius’ 3D printing hub in Louisville, or at the 60 UPS Stores which are equipped with 3D printing facilities.
UPS has a minority stake in Fast Radius, which was previously known as CloudDDM.
Commenting about the new Singapore facility, Ross McCullough, president of UPS Asia Pacific region, said: “3D printing will have a significant impact on industrial manufacturing and 21st Century supply chains.
“At UPS, we are embracing disruptive technologies and integrating them into our global logistics network. We believe that much like ecommerce digitized and transformed retail, 3D printing will have a similar impact on manufacturing.”
“UPS is the first integrated logistics provider to establish an on-demand 3D printing manufacturing and logistics network in Asia. This network will help Asia strengthen its position as a manufacturing hub.”
Michelle Ho, managing director of UPS in Singapore, added: “UPS’s 3D printing Centre of Excellence reinforces Singapore as an innovation-driven economy.
“Having Fast Radius’ factory connected to UPS’s network means customers can send their 3D printing orders by 5 p.m. and have them delivered to their customers in most major Asian cities within 24 hours¹. The automotive, high tech, aeronautic and aviation, healthcare and retail industries have a lot of opportunity to take advantage of this type of manufacturing.”