As travel and shipping become more constricted due to COVID-19, flexible and large scale additive manufacturing will be a great resource.
The inventory demands and the shipping restrictions are limiting supplies form china. Companies need a local manufacturing resource that can affordably be spun-up to meet current supply needs, without high up front cost. Since there is no cost of Tooling, but the capacity to produce 10,000's of plastic pieces, production 3D Printing can bridge this production gap.
There is also a "all hands on deck" necessity for manufacturers to produce materials that are simply in short supply worldwide. Items such as face masks and other medical aides. 3D Printing companies can contribute to the supply chain as much as possible to support medical staff and those responding to the crisis.
If you need help manufacturing your product during this uncertain time. Please submit a 3D model to us and we will do our best to help.