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As the coronavirus interrupts global supply chains, people have an alternative – make it at home

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on global supply chains, a trend of moving manufacturing closer to customers could go so far as to put miniature manufacturing plants in people’s living rooms.

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Most products in Americans’ homes are labeled “Made in China,” but even those bearing the words “Made in USA” frequently have parts from China that are now often delayed. The coronavirus pandemic closed so many factories in China that NASA could observe the resultant drop in pollution from space , and some products are becoming harder to find.

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A sample from the thousands of items that can be 3D printed from free designs. Joshua Pearce, CC BY-ND But at the same time, there are open-source, freely available digital designs for making millions of items with 3D printers, and their numbers are growing exponentially , as is an interest in […]

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