Call for papers: Environmental Dimensions of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

The Journal of Industrial Ecology has recently announced a call for papers for a special issue on the topic “Environmental Dimensions of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing”.

Possible topics that could be addressed include the following:

  • Theorizing, describing and analyzing the resource consumption patterns and environmental impacts associated with additive manufacturing technology on the machine, supply chain and aggregate levels.
  • Assessing the impact of novel supply chain configurations and of the availability of new generations of products resulting from innovative design approaches, for example based on optimization methods or personalization.
  • Assessment of occupational health issues including toxicology of emissions, exposure control approaches and exposure assessment including risks arising from manufacturing in non-traditional settings (home, hobbyist, and maker settings)
  • Investigation of the potential for and barriers to increased repair and remanufacturing arising from additive manufacturing.
  • Establishing robust environmental indicators (e.g. carbon emissions, water consumption, land use and pollution) and economic indicators (e.g. value added, employment, inequality) for comparison with conventional manufacturing routes.
  • Environmental, social science, economic/business, and engineering analysis of the implications of localized and highly customized production enabled by additive manufacturing.
  • Collating datasets that allow an exploration of the trade-offs occurring across additive manufacturing supply chains.
  • Analyzing the environmental performance of the latest developments within additive manufacturing technology, including systems capable of depositing multiple materials and high-productivity platforms.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2015.

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Outstanding Paper Award for “The industrial emergence of commercial inkjet printing”

I’m pleased to share the news that one of the papers underpinning our study of the emergence of 3D printing has just received an award.

“The industrial emergence of commercial inkjet printing” by Simon Ford, Michèle Routley, Rob Phaal and David Probert has been recognised as the oustanding paper of 2014 in the European Journal of Innovation Management.

The paper shows that as new industries emerge, asynchronies between technology supply and market demand create opportunities for entrepreneurial activity. In attempting to match innovative technologies to particular applications, entrepreneurs adapt to the system conditions and shape the environment to their own advantage. Firms that successfully operate in emerging industries demonstrate the functionality of new technologies, reducing uncertainty and increasing customer receptiveness.

The article is now available to download for free.

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The Limits of 3D Printing

Prof. Matthias Holweg from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has just had a short piece published on the Harvard Business Review online forum. In it he describes some of the early findings from the Nottingham-Oxford 3DP-RDM feasibility study on which he is working.

You can read the article here and join the discussion.

Extended deadline for UK AM National Strategy Call for Evidence – 26 June

As previously reported, the UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing has an open call for evidence. The deadline for submissions of evidence has been extended to 26 June.

Click here to submit evidence and contribute to the development of the UK’s strategy in this field.

Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network – Call for Feasibility Study Proposals

One of 3DP-RDM’s sister networks, the Re-distributed manufacturing in Healthcare Network (RiHN) has today launched its call for feasibility study proposals. From the call document:

This call aims to support studies that will contribute towards the development of the research agenda for RDM in healthcare. Feasibility studies would be expected to address specific interdisciplinary research challenges, which may include a number of those identified from the Sandpit outputs but may build on new proposals of value to the concept of RDM. Suggestions for potential healthcare product themes include, but are not limited to:

  1. Medical Devices
  2. Pharmaceuticals
  3. Advanced therapeutics (cell and tissue)
  4. Bespoke implants and prosthetics
  5. Assistive devices
  6. Diagnostics

Although studies are not restricted to these six themes, projects are expected to consider challenges common to all these areas, such as:
Regulatory aspects

  • Dispensing and application issues – “the last 100 yards”
  • Movement of devices into the home (hospital-to-home)
  • Distributed supply chains
  • The development and location of micro-factories

The overall budget for the call is £312k at 80% fEC, with 3-6 studies being funded.

The deadline for submissions is 17th July 2015. Details of the call can be found here.

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