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Additive manufacturing in production: challenges and opportunities
Author(s): Bhrigu Ahuja; Michael Karg; Michael Schmidt
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9353, Laser 3D Manufacturing II, 935304 (16 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082521
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Bhrigu Ahuja, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Michael Karg, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Michael Schmidt, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9353:
Laser 3D Manufacturing II
Henry Helvajian; Alberto Piqué; Martin Wegener; Bo Gu, Editor(s)

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