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A Suitability Analysis Method for Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Small and Medium-Sized Companies

: Ilg, Julian; Oehler, Albrecht; Lucke, Dominik

Postprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-5526692 (573 KByte PDF)
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Erstellt am: 7.8.2019

Procedia CIRP 81 (2019), S.612-617
ISSN: 2212-8271
Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) <52, 2019, Ljubljana>
Konferenzbeitrag, Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Additive Manufacturing AM; Suitability; Technikbewertung; 3D-Druck; Rapid Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a key technology which applies the ideas of Industry 4.0 in order to enable the production of personalized and highly customized products economically. Especially small and medium sized companies often lack the competence and experience to evaluate objectively and profoundly the potential of additive manufacturing technologies. This paper presents a systematic and user-oriented method for a suitability analysis for the application of additive manufacturing technologies in small and medium sized companies. Furthermore, the method has been validated in a small medical technology company evaluating the additive manufacturing potential of an existing surgery tool.