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3D Printing and Retail : The Effects of Additive Manufacturing Techniques to the Retail Market in the Next Decade

Wallenius, Ville;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu
The thesis takes a practical approach to assess the uses of 3D printing on both consumer and professional levels, tries to identify the type of internal processes in retail where 3D printing could be used, and the threats and opportunities 3D printing creates to retail. The first part of the thesis, the overview of 3D printing, explains what 3D printing is, finds out about its history, categories, current and future applications, expected diffusion rate, the advantages and disadvantages 3D printing has over traditional manufacturing, what challenges it faces, and finally what experts think of its effect to retail. The second part of the thesis consists ...
free text keywords: 3D Printing, Additive manufacturing, Retail, fi=Liiketalous, hallinto ja markkinointi|sv=Företagsekonomi, förvaltning och marknadsföring|en=Business Management, Administration and Marketing|, European Business Administration (in English)
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