重庆欢乐生肖走势图 www.jakn.com.cn Additive Manufacturing: Current Status
and Future Prospects
Jyotirmoyee Bhattacharjya1, Sonali Tripathi1, Andrew Taylor2,
Margaret Taylor2 and David Walters1
1 Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
2 Bradford University School of Management, Emm Lane, Bradford,
West Yorkshire, BD9 4JL, UK
Abstract. The potential implications of additive manufacturing or 3D printing
technology are being recognized across a number of different industries. In
developed countries where the traditional manufacturing sector has experienced
decline, the developments in additive manufacturing present potential opportunities
for growth. The paper presents the outcomes of preliminary data analysis from an
exploratory survey of senior managers working in the additive manufacturing
sector in the Australasian region. The analysis suggests that while there has been
progress, there is scope for improving technologies and reducing costs in order to
facilitate wider adoption of and greater business value from 3D printing.
Keywords: additive manufacturing, 3D printing, business model, sustainability.
In an environment of increasing competition from developing countries, manufacturers in western countries are increasingly focusing on high-end products or unique production processes or environmentally sustainable product lines . There is growing interest in applications of innovative manufacturing technologies across a number of sectors. This paper focuses on one type of advanced manufacturing practice – additive manufacturing or 3D printing and presents preliminary findings from a survey conducted in the Australasian region.
1.1Trends in Additive Manufacturing
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is an example of additive manufacturing that is becoming increasingly popular . In 2012, the global market for additive manufacturing products and services grew to over USD 2 billion and the unit sales of industrial systems reached around 8000 units. A recent report from the UK  suggests that although additive manufacturing provides an attractive option for organizations seeking to continue to be competitive in manufacturing, the technology currently has L.M. Camarinha-Matos and H. Afsarmanesh (Eds.): PRO-VE 2014, IFIP AICT 434, pp. 365–372, 2014.
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