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Working paper on implications of additive manufacturing on sustainability

Gaining a better understanding of the implications of additive manufacturing on sustainability is something of great interest to us on the Bit by Bit project. Today I’m pleased to share with you a working paper that has recently been published in the Centre for Technology Management’s working paper series: “The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Improving Resource Efficiency and Sustainability” by Mélanie Despeisse and Simon Ford. Click here to access.

Abstract

Additive manufacturing is heralded as a revolutionary process technology. 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 manufacturing; and (4) closing the loop.

Keywords: Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, sustainability

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Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Research Day – 2nd June, Cambridge

The Centre for Technology Management at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge is holding a free to attend Research Day with industry in order to generate research insights into the following six strategic technology and innovation management topics:

  • Keeping roadmapping alive
  • Testing a supply chain collaboration roadmap toolkit
  • Post-processing and analysis of roadmapping workshop outputs
  • Identifying critical decisions for technology development projects
  • Valuation workshop – enrichments and headstarts
  • Portfolio balancing: an analysis of practical methods used in manufacturing-oriented companies

In each session, the lead researcher will introduce their current research activity in the area and frame a discussion within the topic. Participants will benefit from engaging in and influencing early stage research, meeting like-minded individuals, and learning from the experiences of other participants.

More information about the event and registration details can be found here.