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The role of additive manufacturing in industry 4.0: An exploration of different business models

Elhazmiri, Badr, Naveed, Nida, Anwar, Naveed and Ul Haq, Mir Irfan (2022) The role of additive manufacturing in industry 4.0: An exploration of different business models. Sustainable Operations and Computers, 3. pp. 317-329. ISSN 2666-4127

Item Type: Article


Purpose: The rising interest in the integration of digital advanced manufacturing and production systems in the
Industry 4.0 context is one of the main factors in the introduction of Additive Manufacturing (AM). The novel
technology might change the way firms operate, and the way they interact with consumers, opening new horizons
for an improved profit margin and more sustainable business models. The research presented a comprehensive
review on the potent role of AM in adhering to customers’ complicated and unique needs using various technologies and techniques, as it discussed the role of AM in introducing new business models that increase the business
competitiveness and profitability through an optimisation of production processes. In addition, AM is grasping
with innovative solutions varying from waste reduction to shorter supply chains to longer products lifecycle,
incentivising firms to adopt it for the economies realised on materials, energy, and costs. Notwithstanding, AM
implementation is still in its infancy and faces technical challenges of capability, IT integration, and outcomes.
Design/Methodology/approach: This research is based on a quantitative approach that was administered online
by means of a highly structured online survey, which aim was to collect primary data that fills the gaps of the
research hypotheses due to the lacking nature of research papers exploring them. Therefore, the literature review
was a paramount phase in acquiring empirical knowledge about the problem background and concept boundaries
that shaped the topic’s core objectives and research questions from the lacking nature of explored areas.
Findings: This research investigated the role of AM in industry 4.0 by exploring its impact and intersection
with AM firms’ business models while exposing the limitations and challenges to its adoption within industrial
contexts. The study highlighted that the AM positive impacts on companies’ business models on the value chain
and turnover. This study also revealed the eco-design prospect of AM that will be helpful for different firms to
rethink their business models shaping them to be more cost-efficient.
Originality: This research gave insight on AM technology through a quantitative survey that mainly aimed to
classify knowledge and to investigate the role of AM as a lever in improving firms’ value chains through an
exploration of possible intersections with business models and impacts of implementation, possible sustainability
scenarios and challenges it may face within Industry 4.0 context.

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Depositing User: Nida Naveed


Item ID: 15112
ISSN: 2666-4127
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 16:40
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 16:40


Author: Nida Naveed ORCID iD
Author: Badr Elhazmiri
Author: Naveed Anwar
Author: Mir Irfan Ul Haq

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Faculty of Technology > School of Engineering


Engineering > Mechanical Engineering

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