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The flexibility of Additive Manufacturing Systems

Eyers, Daniel Roy ORCID:, Potter, Andrew Thomas ORCID:, Gosling, Jonathan ORCID: and Naim, Mohamed Mohamed ORCID: 2012. The flexibility of Additive Manufacturing Systems. Presented at: 4th World Conference on Production and Operations Management (P&OM World Conference), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1-4 July 2012.

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Achieving flexibility is a strategic capability desired by many manufacturing firms. Whilst existing studies have established that Additive Manufacturing is flexible predominantly as a result of machine capabilities, little consideration has been given to specific flexibility types afforded from a manufacturing systems perspective. This paper explores the flexibility of Additive Manufacturing systems through the development of a flexibility typology, from which five case examples are examined. It is shown that the extent of flexibility achieved varies between flexibility types, and that flexibility arises from the capabilities of the whole manufacturing system, rather than merely the Additive Manufacturing machine.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 16:25

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