Shift to social manufacturing: Applications of additive manufacturing for consumer products

Babak Mohajeri, Jurgen Poesche, Ilkka Kauranen, Timo Nyberg

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Abstract

Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies are one of the foundations of the so-called third industrial revolution. Additive Manufacturing can reshape the typical structure of manufacturing, shifting it toward more collaborative manufacturing. Currently, Additive Manufacturing of end products is only a small niche market. However, many Additive Manufacturing start-ups enter this market every day, and market opportunities and applications grow rapidly. At the same time, the prices of machines and materials applied in Additive Manufacturing are continuously decreasing. Consequently, this enables a new manufacturing paradigm termed 'Social Manufacturing'. The principle of Social Manufacturing includes the involvement of the consumer in all stages of the manufacturing process, starting from the design and ending in the manufacturing. The objective of this paper is to show how Additive Manufacturing can be an enabler in the paradigm shift toward Social Manufacturing. We contribute to the discussion of Social Manufacturing by analyzing it in a previously under-explored context, i.e., the manufacturing of consumer products. To achieve the research objective, we review applications of Additive Manufacturing and, based on the review, propose a path for a paradigm shift to Social Manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, SOLI 2016
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509029273
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics - Beijing, China
Duration: 10 Jul 201612 Jul 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics
Abbreviated titleSOLI
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period10/07/201612/07/2016

Keywords

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Consumer Products
  • Risk Analysis
  • Social Manufacturing

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