publication . Conference object . 2016

3D-Printing: How Additive Manufacturing impacts Supply Chain Business Processes and Management Components

Oettmeier, Katrin; Hofmann, Erik;
Open Access English
  • Published: 10 Jun 2016
  • Publisher: NOFOMA
  • Country: Switzerland
Purpose The business implications of additive manufacturing (AM) are explored; specific focus thereby lies on the impact of AM technology adoption in customized parts production. Design/methodology/approach Based on two explorative case studies from the hearing aid industry, the impact of AM technology adoption on supply chain business processes and management components is analyzed. General systems theory and a supply chain management framework serve as theoretical underpinning. Findings Not only primarily manufacturing firms’ internal processes and management activities, e.g. in material flow management, are affected by a changeover to AM, but also business pr...
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