Comparing additive manufacturing processes for distributed manufacturing

Mika Salmi*

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has been considered for distributed manufacturing. However, the consideration has usually concerned AM in general, not specific AM processes. This paper will look at the properties of different processes for distributed manufacturing from the perspective of the AM process and materials, post-processing, the requirements for devices and spaces, and raw materials. The findings show that powder bed fusion and binder jetting pose challenges for distributed manufacturing. The material extrusion process (MEX) can be affordable in a distributed form. It would be the ideal option when the demand for parts is low. VAT photopolymerization has similarities to MEX but is slightly more expensive and has a more demanding post-processing phase. However, it can be scaled up for higher production rates when demand is higher. Copyright (C) 2022 The Authors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1503-1508
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventIFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control - Nantes, France
Duration: 22 Jun 202224 Jun 2022
Conference number: 10


  • 3D printing
  • distributed manufacturing
  • local manufacturing
  • additive manufacturing
  • rapid manufacturing
  • material extrusion
  • binder jetting
  • powder bed fusion
  • VAT photopolymerization


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