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|Title: ||Rapid manufacturing – impact on supply chain methodologies and practice|
|Authors: ||Tuck, Christopher|
Hague, Richard J.M.
Burns, Neil D.
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Inderscience|
|Citation: ||TUCK, C., HAGUE, R.J.M. and BURNS, N.D., 2007. Rapid manufacturing – impact on supply chain methodologies and practice. International Journal of Services and Operations Management, 3(1), pp.1-22.|
|Abstract: ||This paper demonstrates the use of Rapid Manufacturing (RM) as the enabling technology for
flexible manufacturing in a number of industrial sectors. The paper discusses the evolution of
Rapid Prototyping (RP) to Rapid Manufacturing and the current issues that require further
research for the successful integration of this technology within manufacturing companies. The
use of RM will have particular impact on supply chain management paradigms such as lean
and agile and has particular strategic fit with mass customisation. The effect RM will have on
these paradigms is discussed and confirmed with example cases from automotive production,
motor sport and medical devices industries. In conclusion RM has already been shown in the
three cases to offer benefits, particularly where fast re-configuration of the manufacturing
process is required and with the production of customised components.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, International Journal of Services and Operations Management [© Inderscience] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJSOM.2007.011459|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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