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The role of additive manufacturing in improving resource efficiency and sustainability

Despeisse, M and Ford, S (2015) The role of additive manufacturing in improving resource efficiency and sustainability. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 129-136..

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Abstract

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015. Additive manufacturing is heralded as a revolutionary process tech-nology. While it has yet to cause a dramatic transformation of the manufacturing system, there are early signs of how the characteristics of this novel production process can improve resource efficiency and other sustainability aspects. In this paper, we draw on examples from a wide range of products and industries to understand the role of additive manufacturing in sustainable industrial systems. We identify four main areas in which the adoption of additive manufacturing is leading to improved resource efficiency: (1) product and process design; (2) material input processing; (3) make-to-order product and component manufac-turing; and (4) closing the loop.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Div E > Strategy and Policy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:34
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2017 22:12
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