publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Additive manufacturing and sustainability: an exploratory study of the advantages and challenges

Ford, Simon; Despeisse, Mélanie;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2016 Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production (issn: 09596526, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
  • Country: United Kingdom
The emergence of advanced manufacturing technologies, coupled with consumer demands for more customised products and services, are causing shifts in the scale and distribution of manufacturing. In this paper, consideration is given to the role of one such advanced manufacturing process technology: additive manufacturing. The consequences of adopting this novel production technology on industrial sustainability are not well understood and this exploratory study draws on publically available data to provide insights into the impacts of additive manufacturing on sustainability. Benefits are found to exist across the product and material life cycles through product ...
free text keywords: Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, Industrial sustainability, Resource efficiency, Product life cycle, Value chain reconfiguration, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Strategy and Management, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Environmental Science(all), Sustainability, Business model, Product lifecycle, Computer-integrated manufacturing, Process development execution system, Manufacturing engineering, Engineering, business.industry, business, Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Advanced manufacturing
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