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Additive manufacturing technology driving supply chain innovations in small and medium-sized firms

Research output: Other conference contributionPaper, poster or abstractScientific


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventEuropean Operations Management Association conference - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 24 Jun 201827 Jun 2018
Conference number: 25


ConferenceEuropean Operations Management Association conference
Abbreviated titleEUROMA
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Additive manufacturing (AM, 3Dprinting) means novel manufacturing technologies and the use of digital models to build up an object additively, making it fundamentally different from subtractive manufacturing. This novel manufacturing approach does not concern only technologies, but it also has implications on the firms’ supply chains. Supply chain innovations related to AM deserve further research, particularly among small and medium-sized firms (SMEs). This exploratory interview-based study reveals practical changes in supply chains and requirements for AM-driven supply chain innovations in SMEs. To be leveraged fully, AM needs complementary supply chain innovations in the business processes, technology and structure.