A Readiness Model for Facilitating the Implementation of Metal Additive Manufacturing at SMEs
SMEs constitute the backbone of the global economy possessing a vital role in future economic prosperity. Today, with the increasing competition due to globalization of markets and mass customization, as well as the increasing focus on green shift and sustainability, the need to take advantage of new technological innovations has never been more prominent. Metal Additive Manufacturing (MAM) is one of these technologies that can game-change the current manufacturing industry. MAM, compared with the traditional production method, which depends on the final assembly of stepwise manufactured parts, provides a ’one-stop shop’ from idea to end product underpinned by its unparalleled capability of comprehensive design and thereafter a significantly shortened supply chain. However, despite the obvious economic and competitive advantages of applying MAM, it seems SMEs are reluctant to adopt the technology. This paper starts with a literature review on additive manufacturing (AM) and MAM with the purpose of providing common ground for understanding the technologies and their potential value proposition for SMEs. The authors go further to discuss challenges for SMEs’ adoption of MAM. A readiness model is finally provided to facilitate SMEs’ self-evaluation for the purpose of preparing the uptaking of MAM. The authors have also offered some insights from businesses in the Kolarctic region.
CitationSæterbø, Solvang: A Readiness Model for Facilitating the Implementation of Metal Additive Manufacturing at SMEs. In: Ed. 2023 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech), 2023. IEEE conference proceedings
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