Additive Manufacturing in Production – Challenges and Opportunities

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Autor(en): Ahuja B, Karg M, Schmidt M
Herausgeber: Henry Helvajian, Alberto Piqué, Martin Wegener, Bo Gu
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2015
Tagungsband: Proc. of SPIE Vol. 9353, 935304
Seitenbereich: 1-10
Sprache: Englisch


Additive manufacturing, characterized by its inherent layer by layer fabrication methodology has been coined by many as the latest revolution in the manufacturing industry. Due to its diversification of Materials, processes, system technology and applications, Additive Manufacturing has been synonymized with terminology such as Rapid prototyping, 3D printing, free-form fabrication, Additive Layer Manufacturing, etc. A huge media and public interest in

the technology has led to an innovative attempt of exploring the technology for applications beyond the scope of the traditional engineering industry. Nevertheless, it is believed that a critical factor for the long-term success of Additive Manufacturing would be its ability to fulfill the requirements defined by the traditional manufacturing industry. A parallel development in market trends and product requirements has also lead to a wider scope of opportunities for

Additive Manufacturing. The presented paper discusses some of the key challenges which are critical to ensure that Additive Manufacturing is truly accepted as a mainstream production technology in the industry. These challenges would highlight on various aspects of production such as product requirements, process management, data management, intellectual property, work flow management, quality assurance, resource planning, etc. In Addition, changing market

trends such as product life cycle, mass customization, sustainability, environmental impact and localized production will form the foundation for the follow up discussion on the current limitations and the corresponding research opportunities. A discussion on ongoing research to address these challenges would include topics like process monitoring, design complexity, process standardization, multi-material and hybrid fabrication, new material development, etc.


FAU-Autoren / FAU-Herausgeber

Ahuja, Bhrigu
Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien
Karg, Michael
Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien
Schmidt, Michael Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Photonische Technologien

Zusätzliche Organisationseinheit(en)
Sonderforschungsbereich 814 Additive Fertigung
Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies
Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik


Ahuja, B., Karg, M., & Schmidt, M. (2015). Additive Manufacturing in Production – Challenges and Opportunities. In Henry Helvajian, Alberto Piqué, Martin Wegener, Bo Gu (Eds.), Proc. of SPIE Vol. 9353, 935304 (pp. 1-10). The Moscone Center San Francisco California, US.

Ahuja, Bhrigu, Michael Karg, and Michael Schmidt. "Additive Manufacturing in Production – Challenges and Opportunities." Proceedings of the Laser 3D Manufacturing II, The Moscone Center San Francisco California Ed. Henry Helvajian, Alberto Piqué, Martin Wegener, Bo Gu, 2015. 1-10.


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