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To kit or not to kit: analysing the value of model-based kitting for additive manufacturing (2018)
Journal Article
Khajavi, S. H., Baumers, M., Holmström, J., Özcan, E., Atkin, J., Jackson, W. G., & Li, W. (2018). To kit or not to kit: analysing the value of model-based kitting for additive manufacturing. Computers in Industry, 98, doi:10.1016/j.compind.2018.01.022. ISSN 0166-3615

The use of additive manufacturing (AM) for the production of functional parts is increasing. Thus, AM based practices that can reduce supply chain costs gain in importance. We take a forward-looking approach and study how AM can be used more effectiv... Read More

Charting the environmental dimensions of additive manufacturing and 3D printing (2017)
Journal Article
Baumers, M., Duflou, J. R., Flanagan, W., Gutowski, T. G., Kellens, K., & Lifset, R. (2017). Charting the environmental dimensions of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21(S1), S9-S14. doi:10.1111/jiec.12668

The scope of this Special Issue has been specified to chart out impact dimensions occurring throughout the life cycle of AM products to improve ourknowledge of the environmental impacts of AM and to enable appropriate manufacturing technology adoptio... Read More

Environmental dimensions of additive manufacturing: mapping application domains and their environmental implications (2017)
Journal Article
Kellens, K., Baumers, M., Gutowski, T. G., Flanagan, W., Lifset, R., & Duflou, J. R. (2017). Environmental dimensions of additive manufacturing: mapping application domains and their environmental implications. Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi:10.1111/jiec.12629. ISSN 1088-1980

Additive manufacturing (AM) proposes a novel paradigm for engineering design and manufacturing, which has profound economic, environmental, and security implications. The design freedom offered by this category of manufacturing processes and its abil... Read More

Informing additive manufacturing technology adoption: total cost and the impact of capacity utilisation (2017)
Journal Article
Baumers, M., Beltrametti, L., Gasparre, A., & Hague, R. (in press). Informing additive manufacturing technology adoption: total cost and the impact of capacity utilisation. International Journal of Production Research, 55(23), doi:10.1080/00207543.2017.1334978. ISSN 0020-7543

Informing Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology adoption decisions, this paper investigates the relationship between build volume capacity utilisation and efficient technology operation in an inter-process comparison of the costs of manufacturing a... Read More

Environmental impacts of selective laser melting: do printer, powder, or power dominate? (2016)
Journal Article
Faludi, J., Baumers, M., Maskery, I., & Hague, R. (in press). Environmental impacts of selective laser melting: do printer, powder, or power dominate?. Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi:10.1111/jiec.12528. ISSN 1088-1980

This life cycle assessment measured environmental impacts of selective laser melting, to determine where most impacts arise: machine and supporting hardware; aluminum powder material used; or electricity used to print. Machine impacts and aluminum po... Read More

Unlocking value for a circular economy through 3D printing: a research agenda (2016)
Journal Article
Despeisse, M., Baumers, M., Brown, P., Charnley, F., Ford, S., Garmulewicz, A., …Rowley, J. (2017). Unlocking value for a circular economy through 3D printing: a research agenda. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 115, doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2016.09.021. ISSN 0040-1625

The circular economy (CE) aims to radically improve resource efficiency by eliminating the concept of waste and leading to a shift away from the linear take-make-waste model. In a CE, resources are flowing in a circular manner either in a biocycle (b... Read More

Toward better build volume packing in additive manufacturing: classification of existing problems and benchmarks (2015)
Conference Proceeding
Araujo, L., Özcan, E., Atkin, J., Baumers, M., Tuck, C., & Hague, R. J. (2015). Toward better build volume packing in additive manufacturing: classification of existing problems and benchmarks

In many cases, the efficient operation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology relies on build volumes being packed effectively. Packing algorithms have been developed in response to this requirement. The configuration of AM build volumes is partic... Read More

The cost of additive manufacturing: machine productivity, economies of scale and technology-push (2015)
Journal Article
Baumers, M., Dickens, P., Tuck, C., & Hague, R. (2016). The cost of additive manufacturing: machine productivity, economies of scale and technology-push. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 102, doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2015.02.015. ISSN 0040-1625

As part of the cosmos of digital fabrication technology, Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems are able to manufacture three-dimensional components and products directly from raw material and 3D design data. The layer-by-layer operating process of thes... Read More