From mind to products: Towards social manufacturing and service

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  • Gang Xiong
  • Fei Yue Wang
  • Timo R. Nyberg
  • Xiuqin Shang
  • Mengchu Zhou
  • Zhen Shen
  • Shuangshuang Li
  • Chao Guo

Research units

  • CAS - Institute of Automation
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries
  • Cloud Computing Center


After reviewing the development of industrial manufacturing, a novel concept called social manufacturing (SM) and service are proposed as an innovative manufacturing solution for the coming personalized customization era. SM can realize a customer's requirements of C from mind to products-D, and fulfill tangible and intangible needs of a prosumer, i.e., producer and consumer at the same time. It represents a manufacturing trend, and is expected to become popular in more and more industries. First, a comparison between mass customization and SM is given out, and the basis and motivation from social network to SM is analyzed. Then, its basic theories and supporting technologies, like Internet of Things-C IoT-C, social networks, cloud computing, 3D printing, and intelligent systems, are introduced and analyzed, and an SM platform prototype is developed. Finally, three transformation modes towards SM and 3D printing are suggested for different user cases.


Original languageEnglish
Article number8232589
Pages (from-to)47-57
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • 3D printing, Big data, cloud computing, intelligent system, social manufacturing, social networks

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