The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Improving Resource Efficiency and Sustainability

Abstract : Additive manufacturing is heralded as a revolutionary process technology. While it has yet to cause a dramatic transformation of the manufacturing system, there are early signs of how the characteristics of this novel production process can improve resource efficiency and other sustainability aspects. In this paper, we draw on examples from a wide range of products and industries to understand the role of additive manufacturing in sustainable industrial systems. We identify four main areas in which the adoption of additive manufacturing is leading to improved resource efficiency: (1) product and process design; (2) material input processing; (3) make-to-order product and component manufacturing; and (4) closing the loop.
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Shigeki Umeda; Masaru Nakano; Hajime Mizuyama; Hironori Hibino; Dimitris Kiritsis; Gregor von Cieminski. IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2015, Tokyo, Japan. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-460 (Part II), pp.129-136, 2015, Advances in Production Management Systems: Innovative Production Management Towards Sustainable Growth. 〈10.1007/978-3-319-22759-7_15〉
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Mélanie Despeisse, Simon Ford. The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Improving Resource Efficiency and Sustainability. Shigeki Umeda; Masaru Nakano; Hajime Mizuyama; Hironori Hibino; Dimitris Kiritsis; Gregor von Cieminski. IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2015, Tokyo, Japan. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-460 (Part II), pp.129-136, 2015, Advances in Production Management Systems: Innovative Production Management Towards Sustainable Growth. 〈10.1007/978-3-319-22759-7_15〉. 〈hal-01431086〉

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