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The article “4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain” (http://www.cio.com/article/2980835/big-data/4-key-trends-to-watch-in-smart-manufacturing-and-supply-chain.html) reviews how Industrial IoT and big data combined with 3D printing and “additive manufacturing” could form a new market called “distributive manufacturing.” One problem seen in the industrial manufacturing community today is the limited shapes and forms that can be cut and molded. To resolve this issue, 3D printing has been nominated as a plausible solution. Additive manufacturing,  the “process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data usually layer upon layer as opposed to subtractive manufacturing technologies,” is the process by which 3D printing can be utilized to transform the industrial market which focuses on mass production of a pre-set item into distributive manufacturing which would focus on rapid prototyping and a dramatic increase in custom product manufacturing. The article also summarizes the potential benefits of adopting additive manufacturing systems such as the use of less material, lightweight alloys, faster cycle time, less scrap materials, and the possibility of endless shapes and forms that can be produced. What industries would use this distributive manufacturing? Is it plausible to assume that it will become major player in the market? How would distributive manufacturing affect the prices of products purchased?