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New Bit by Bit visitor: Cecilia Maria Angioletti

We’re pleased to welcome Cecilia Maria Angioletti as a visitor to the Bit by Bit project to continue investigations into the sustainability implications of 3D printing.Cecilia Angioletti

Cecilia is currently undertaking her doctoral studies in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She gained her Master’s degree with specialisation on production engineering, operations management, corporate strategy and economics. In her Master’s thesis she investigated the location choices of foreign multinational companies through greenfield investments. The implementation of an econometric model supported the empirical analysis.

In her current research Cecilia is looking into how industrial systems can become more resource efficient and sustainable. Specifically, she is focusing on the opportunities for improvements offered by additive manufacturing technologies and how adopting these technologies could enable the implementation of the circular economy paradigm. The promise of additive manufacturing can be seen throughout the product lifecycle: it is claimed that it can reduce energy and material consumption through maintenance, re-use, rework recycling, waste reduction strategies that close the loop. For manufacturing firms, it is thought that adopting additive manufacturing technology will provide an opportunity to enhance their sustainability performance through efficiency improvements that both reduce operating costs and improve competitive advantage.

Despite the significant body of research and evaluation methodologies for sustainability, including life cycle analyses, process optimisation, waste management and environmental protection, there remains scare concrete evidence of the resource efficiency benefits of additive manufacturing. Accordingly, Cecilia is probing into these claims, and in her current project she developed a quantitative assessment tool. While she’s with us in Cambridge she’ll use this tool to analyse to what degree the adoption of additive manufacturing supports the more efficient use of materials and energy.

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New Bit by Bit team members

The Bit by Bit project recently welcomed two new researchers, Dr Mélanie Despeisse and Serena Flammini, to the team.

md621Mélanie is a Research Associate who joins us from the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute for Manufacturing. In her previous research she has been working on tools and techniques to improve the eco-efficiency of factories. In joining the Bit by Bit team she’ll primarily be continuing the work that she’s begun with Simon Ford on investigating the sustainability issues and implications associated with the implementation of additive manufacturing. Mélanie will be part of the project until its completion at the end of 2016.

serena-flamminiSerena joins the project as an academic visitor. The work she does with us forms part of her doctoral studies at the Department of Business Studies at Roma Tre University. Serena’s research interests include open innovation, emerging technologies and start-up firms, not only in ICT but also in more traditional industries. While at IfM she’ll be working with Letizia Mortara to better understand technology commercialisation and business model innovation in additive manufacturing.


New Bit by Bit paper on the economic implications of additive manufacturing

At the invitation of Prof.  Frédéric Theisse, Chair of Information Systems Engineering as the University of Würzburg, the Bit by Bit team recently joined forces with collaborators at the University of Stuttgart, RWTH Aachen University and Darmstadt University of Technology on a paper about the future of additive manufacturing.

The resulting article “Economic Implications of Additive Manufacturing and the Contribution of MIS” provides an overview  of additive manufacturing as an industrial manufacturing technique; describes how additive manufacturing may enable a shift from user innovation to user manufacturing; discusses the impact of the technology on economy and society, and envisions a research agenda for 3D printing-enabled re-distributed manufacturing. No prizes for guessing what we contributed!

The article will soon be published in Business & Information Systems Engineering and is now available to read online.

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