Additive manufacturing—a revolution in progress? Insights from a multiple case study

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    Abstract

    Additive manufacturing has been described as a technology that will revolutionize manufacturing. In this article, the conditions under which the powder bed fusion process can replace machining in basic metal part production are evaluated. The high cost of printing is limiting the diffusion of this technology, but the situation is changing. Through a cost benefit analysis, the changes needed to improve the competitiveness of additive manufacturing compared to traditional manufacturing technology are demonstrated. Deposition rates have increased significantly in recent years, but this study shows what is still needed to cut processing costs. In addition, significant cuts in powder material prices are required. This article strives to define how additive manufacturing through cost competitiveness and added value can challenge traditional manufacturing technology for the role as a major means of production.

    LanguageEnglish
    Pages735-749
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
    Volume96
    Issue number1-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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    3D printers
    Costs
    Powders
    Cost benefit analysis
    Deposition rates
    Printing
    Machining
    Fusion reactions
    Processing
    Metals

    Keywords

    • Added value
    • Business opportunities
    • Cost benefit analysis
    • Cost gap
    • Metal additive manufacturing
    • Powder bed fusion

    OKM Publication Types

    • A1 Refereed journal article

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Software
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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