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Report: Apple to use 3D printing for new Apple Watch Ultra

Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the best-known analysts who always gives an outlook on new Apple products. In a recent blog post, the well-connected analyst describes that the IT company from Cupertino could use 3D printing technology in production for its Apple Watch Ultra in the future. The smartwatch is expected to be launched in the second half of 2023.

Although mechanical parts made with 3D printing currently have to go through a CNC process for downstream operations, 3D printing technology can still improve production time and reduce production costs. This is a significant advancement that could further increase the efficiency of Apple’s production processes.

In terms of the supply chain for the 3D printers used to manufacture the mechanical parts of the Apple Watch Ultra, IPG Photonics is the exclusive supplier of laser components. Farsoon and BLT are mentioned as 3D printer suppliers. These companies could benefit significantly from this new production trend if shipments go well.

The introduction of 3D printing technology into the production of Apple products could also help improve ESG (environmental, social, governance) performance in Apple’s supply chain. This underscores Apple’s commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices.

It remains to be seen how the introduction of 3D printing technology will affect the quality and performance of the Apple Watch Ultra. But if expectations are met, this could be the beginning of a new era in the production of high-tech products.

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