16 March 2015 Additive manufacturing in production: challenges and opportunities
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Proceedings Volume 9353, Laser 3D Manufacturing II; 935304 (2015) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2082521
Event: SPIE LASE, 2015, San Francisco, California, United States
Additive manufacturing, characterized by its inherent layer by layer fabrication methodology has been coined by many as the latest revolution in the manufacturing industry. Due to its diversification of Materials, processes, system technology and applications, Additive Manufacturing has been synonymized with terminology such as Rapid prototyping, 3D printing, free-form fabrication, Additive Layer Manufacturing, etc. A huge media and public interest in the technology has led to an innovative attempt of exploring the technology for applications beyond the scope of the traditional engineering industry. Nevertheless, it is believed that a critical factor for the long-term success of Additive Manufacturing would be its ability to fulfill the requirements defined by the traditional manufacturing industry. A parallel development in market trends and product requirements has also lead to a wider scope of opportunities for Additive Manufacturing. The presented paper discusses some of the key challenges which are critical to ensure that Additive Manufacturing is truly accepted as a mainstream production technology in the industry. These challenges would highlight on various aspects of production such as product requirements, process management, data management, intellectual property, work flow management, quality assurance, resource planning, etc. In Addition, changing market trends such as product life cycle, mass customization, sustainability, environmental impact and localized production will form the foundation for the follow up discussion on the current limitations and the corresponding research opportunities. A discussion on ongoing research to address these challenges would include topics like process monitoring, design complexity, process standardization, multi-material and hybrid fabrication, new material development, etc.
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Bhrigu Ahuja, Bhrigu Ahuja, Michael Karg, Michael Karg, Michael Schmidt, Michael Schmidt, "Additive manufacturing in production: challenges and opportunities", Proc. SPIE 9353, Laser 3D Manufacturing II, 935304 (16 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082521; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2082521

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