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Additive manufacturing as a driver for the sustainability of short-lifecycle customized products: the case study of mobile case covers

Minetola, Paolo and Eyers, Daniel 2017. Additive manufacturing as a driver for the sustainability of short-lifecycle customized products: the case study of mobile case covers. Presented at: Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2017, Bologna, Italy, 24 - 27 April 2017. Published in: Campana, G., Howlett, R. J., Setchi, R. and Cimatti, B. eds. Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2017. SDM 2017. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies , vol. 68. Springer, pp. 280-288. 10.1007/978-3-319-57078-5_28

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Abstract

Unlike subtractive manufacturing processes, by their own nature additive technologies offer the potential to reduce both raw material consumption and production waste. The positive impact of Additive Manufacturing on sustainability is more evident for those mass consumption products that are characterized by a short lifecycle. Nevertheless, in order to take full advantage of these technologies and let them achieve their full potential, a great change is needed in the behaviour and attitude of consumers. Compromises may be necessary to accommodate technological limitations, and customers may need to prioritize between functional and aesthetic product characteristics. The positive impact of additive manufacturing on sustainability is more evident for those mass consumption products that are characterized by a short lifecycle. The material flow and sustainability of 3D printing are described in this paper for the manufacturing of mobile case covers, and compared to those of mass production injection moulding.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Publisher: Springer
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2018 14:11
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100231

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