The topic of spare parts is always challenging for operations, with the need to balance service provision with cost minimization for the full lifecycle of the product. This chapter provides a detailed discussion on the application of 3D printing for the manufacture of spare parts. It examines the characteristics which make 3D printing a viable proposition, and highlights the many constraints which much be considered when using 3D printing both now and in the future.
|Title of host publication||Managing 3D Printing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Operations Management for Additive Manufacturing|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|MoE publication type||A3 Book section, Chapters in research books|