Report: 3D printing to wipe out 25% of world trade by 2060

FT reports, progress in 3D printing technology will see one-quarter of world trade wiped out by 2060, with carmakers among the most affected, according to estimates in a report by ING. The report describes the technology as still in its infancy but said that once high-speed mass production becomes economically viable, 3D printing would lead to “less trade growth because 3D printers use far less labor, reducing the need to import intermediate and final goods from low-wage countries”.

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