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The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Sweden
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Lund Univ, Fac Engn LTH, Design Sci Dept, Lund, Sweden..
2016 (English)In: 13TH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING - DECOUPLING GROWTH FROM RESOURCE USE, 2016, 7-12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes the adoption of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies in Sweden. The dataset consists of a recent and representative sample of Swedish AM users (companies, universities, and research institutes). The authors investigate two questions. Firstly, what are the current applications of AM in Sweden (e.g. Rapid Prototyping (RP), production)? Secondly, what are the factors that can explain the variation in AM adoption among the users? Using a regression analysis technique, the main findings are as follows. (i) There is a variation among users' choice of AM application, and the majority of users are expanding their AM applications beyond RP. (ii) There are two factors that positively affect the decision of firms to expand classical RP and also incorporate production and management. These two factors are using multiple AM technologies (as opposed to single Fused Deposition Modeling technology) and being small companies. The authors discuss the implication of these results. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier B.V.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 7-12 p.
Series
, Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271 ; 40
Keyword [en]
Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Application, Production Technology, Sweden
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-12962DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.01.036ISI: 000379243200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-12962DiVA: diva2:956723
Conference
13th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing - Decoupling Growth from Resource Use, SEP 16-18, 2015, Binh Dong New City, VIETNAM
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