Challenge dynamic technology development
The introduction of a new technology comes with changes that impact not only the shop floor but the whole organization. An analysis provides an insight on the importance of change management for implementation of Additive Manufacturing.
The use of Additive Manufacturing becomes successful, if products and services with added customer value are realized. A classification of four different fields is presented, where Additive Manufacturing enables such benefits. To identify potential applications, the bottom up and top down approaches are introduced.
Finally, the application has to be realized by the right technology. With a multitude and ever-growing number of metal Additive Manufacturing technologies, the options have to be analyzed and assessed. The presented technology map can help with a structured evaluation of the different Additive Manufacturing technologies.