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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Haghighat Khajavi, Siavash
dc.contributor.author Flores Ituarte, Inigo
dc.contributor.author Jaribion, Alireza
dc.contributor.author An, Jia
dc.contributor.author Chua, Chee Kai
dc.contributor.author Holmström, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-30T12:50:46Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-30T12:50:46Z
dc.date.issued 2020-01-07
dc.identifier.citation Haghighat Khajavi , S , Flores Ituarte , I , Jaribion , A , An , J , Chua , C K & Holmström , J 2020 , Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Complexity . in Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences . Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences , pp. 4505-4514 , Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences , Maui , Hawaii , United States , 07/01/2020 . https://doi.org/10.24251/HICSS.2020.551 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-3-3
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: f85787ed-5d6f-47df-b638-013180d7ad79
dc.identifier.other PURE ITEMURL: https://research.aalto.fi/en/publications/f85787ed-5d6f-47df-b638-013180d7ad79
dc.identifier.other PURE LINK: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64293
dc.identifier.other PURE FILEURL: https://research.aalto.fi/files/42555463/0446.pdf
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/44011
dc.description.abstract This paper aims to determine whether additive manufacturing (AM) always simplifies the supply chain. The advent of AM as a final-parts production method can radically impact supply chains. Due to AM’s inherent characteristics that suit customised production and complex geometries, utilization of this technology continues to expand into various industries (e.g. aviation, defence, automobile, medicine). Some of the crucial areas that AM can contribute to are cost reduction and simplification of organizations’ supply chains. An objective examination of the entire supply chain rather than merely focusing on production cost is important when studying the impact of switch-over from conventional to additive manufacturing. Supply chain complexity is caused by the proliferation of products, processes, suppliers, and markets, resulting in additional costs and decreased company profit. Therefore, to clearly illustrate the benefits and shortcomings of a switch-over to AM, it is necessary to investigate this transition indepth. In this paper, we analysed supply chain complexity before and after the implementation of AM in three case companies from distinct industries by conducting interviews or utilizing publicly available information. Our findings underline the simplification of supply chain in one of the cases, after the switch to AM, while it resulted in slightly higher complexity in another case. In the third case, the impact of switching to AM on the supply chain complexity is dependent on several variables. We contribute to the literature by elucidating on the common belief that AM simplifies the supply chain. We found that the implementation of AM is not a silver bullet to reduce the complexity of every supply chain. en
dc.format.extent 10
dc.format.extent 4505-4514
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartof Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.title Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Complexity en
dc.type A4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
dc.contributor.department Aalborg University
dc.contributor.department Nanyang Technological University
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-202004302990
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2020.551
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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