In order to identify which components are suitable for additive manufacturing (AM), both technical and business selection criteria needs to be used. The purpose of this project is to investigate the possibility of expanding the technical selection criteria with business values such as reduced inventory costs, transport and environmental impact.
Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D-printing, has been around for decades without impact on the supply chains. But the maturity of AM is today driving the development from being a tool for visualization and prototyping to industrial large-scale manufacturing of products and components. This development means that production can be moved closer to the customer, which makes it possible to transform the supply chains.
The transformation of the supply chains can be described in different scenarios. In this project, the values are evaluated based on the following scenarios:
In order to identify which products are suitable for additive manufacturing, both technical and business selection criteria need to be used. Today, the technical selection criteria dominates, such as complexity in form, need for low weight and potential for consolidation. Sustainability and business criteria such as reduced inventory, increased availability, fewer transports, improved resilience or lead time are often omitted because they are considered difficult to quantify or our of scope.
The project Sustainability Parameters for Parts Analyses and Selection for AM, SPARSAM, will contribute to the impact goals of the call within Production2030 by developing knowledge, calculate and demonstrate the value of circularity and additive manufacturing in three supply chain scenarios. Driven by the cases, a model will be developed, refined, and used to calculate the values of AM for circular production. In step 2 the consortia will identify cases where AM enables a demand driven circular production which can be moved closer to the customer e.g at a distribution center, a regional hub, a dealer/workshop or as a factory-in-a-box concept.
The activity consists of the following 4 work packages:
Coordination and project management
22-10-17 to 23-04-14
800 000 SEK