The international mail companies that are invoicing with electronic commerce, begin to ask themselves and imagine a scenario in which the products are not delivered physically but consumers through files downloaded from the Internet they manufacture them in their homes, and they begin to see outside the logistics circuit of the sales process.
The growth of the 3D printing industry is causing this; that many e-commerce players begin to look at this new trend that can revolutionize electronic commerce.
Amazon , one of the most important online stores in the world has just opened a special section for these devices . It is striking that these establishments born in the Internet era see so much future to the business of 3D printers and the answer can come from the result of serious studies that analyze all the implications that this development can bring.
It is in order to define what we are talking about when we say 3D printers. It is a device that is capable of producing a three-dimensional object from a digital design . It uses something called “additive manufacturing” which consists of a layered process that has some similarity to the way an inkjet printer sequentially places layers of its colors on a flat piece of paper. In this case, however, the layers are plastic (the most popular although you can work with other materials) that acquire mass as they accumulate.
This business model is already present on the Internet and sites that offer different options; since the client designs his customized product, uploads it and returns the product made in the 3D printer to many others that offer the file to download (after payment thereof) and that the client prints it in his own home if It has a 3D printer.
Example that grafican what we say before are sites like: Shapeway , Ponoko , Cubify , Sculpteo and is already underway a Kicksarter project called RoBo 3D that aims to achieve a 3D printer for the home at a cost of $ 599.
All this is generating a critical mass that, as happened in the mobile industry, is growing and will cause prices to fall and options for brands and models to rise.
That is why we must begin to consider that 3D printing will revolutionize electronic commerce, mainly because products will not be sold, but rather downloadable ideas and files that radically change the intervention of some actors that are now an important part, such as international mail.