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The Business of Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing and the 4th Industrial Revolution
Harm-Jan Steenhuis(Autor*in)
Routledge (Verlag)
Erschienen am 8. September 2023
186 Seiten
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Although additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been around for almost 40 years, few people know how it actually works and the huge impact and benefits it offers. This book explains what AM is, using business theories to explain and illustrate why AM is increasingly being used across industries.

The book translates complex engineering technology into relevant managerial terminology, using real-world examples from industries such as apparel, construction and transportation. It provides an introduction into the technical background of AM before expanding on the applications, opportunities and challenges to business models.

Offering a unique managerial perspective, this book is aimed primarily at a scholarly audience and those researching across business disciplines, including technology management, manufacturing, production and operations management. It can also be used in emerging business courses on AM.
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12 Tables, black and white; 10 Line drawings, black and white; 14 Halftones, black and white; 24 Illustrations, black and white
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Harm-Jan Steenhuis is Professor of Management, International Business in the College of Business at Hawai'i Pacific University. He previously worked at Eastern Washington University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands. He received his MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management and his PhD in International Technology Transfer from the University of Twente.

His main research areas connect with technological development and economic development-related issues such as clusters, technology transfer and diffusion, and innovative technologies. In recent years, he has focused on additive manufacturing (AM) such as the diffusion of industrial AM, adoption of desktop 3D printers, and AM in different industries.
CHAPTER 1: Manufacturing in the 21st century

Shift to services

Rise of developing countries

Reality of manufacturing

Industry 4.0

Additive manufacturing

Structure of the book

CHAPTER 2: Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing: seven types

Comparing 'traditional' and AM

Material extrusion (MEX)

VAT Photopolymerization (VPP)

Powder bed fusion (PBF)

Material jetting (MJT) and binder jetting (BJT)

Directed energy deposition (DED) and sheet lamination (SHL)


Concluding remarks on AM technology

CHAPTER 3: The AM Business Case I: Comparing AM and TM Characteristics

Process choice

Technical capabilities - molds

Capabilities and performance objectives







The case for desktop 3D printers

CHAPTER 4: The spread of AM Technology

Technology and the economy

Adoption and diffusion

Adoption of the high technology: AM

CHAPTER 5: The AM Business Case II: Across the Value Chain

Delivering value

The client order decoupling point and service

Illustrative example

CHAPTER 6: Apparel

What is being 3D printed in apparel

Performance: why AM printing is used for apparel

How apparel is 3D printed: use of AM technology

Where apparel is 3D printed: AM in the apparel value chain

Diffusion and challenges of AM in apparel

CHAPTER 7: Construction

What is being 3D printed in construction

Performance: why AM printing is used for construction

How: AM technologies used in construction

Where AM is used in the construction value chain

Diffusion and challenges of AM in construction


What is being 3D printed in the food industry

Performance: why AM printing is used for food

How food is 3D printed: use of AM technology

Where AM is used in the food value chain

Diffusion and challenges of AM in the food industry

CHAPTER 9: Medical

What is being 3D printed in the medical field

Performance: why AM is used in the medical field

AM methods that are used for medical applications

Where in the medical value chain

Diffusion and challenges of medical AM

CHAPTER 10: Transport

What is being 3D printed related to transport

Performance: why AM printing is used in transportation

AM methods that are used for transportation applications

Where in the transportation value chain

Diffusion and challenges of AM in transportation

CHAPTER 11: Technological developments


Software and digital files


Product quality

Delivery time

CHAPTER 12: Sustainability developments

Renewable resources

Minimization of resource usage

Source reduction

Recycling, reuse and repair

Regeneration, recovery, remanufacturing

Purification, end-of-pipe and degradation

Relationships between natural eco systems

AM and sustainability

CHAPTER 13: Legal developments

Legal issues with products

Legality of processes


Scams involving AM

CHAPTER 14: Conclusion



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