Part selection, profitability calculation, investment, factory and personnel planning
Due to their characteristic properties, additive manufacturing processes / 3D printing have received increasing popularity from research and industry in recent years. Numerous companies advertise with successful examples of components that were created using additive manufacturing. In particular, the advantages of additive manufacturing processes and the components produced using these processes are highlighted. The advantages of additive manufacturing processes combined with tempting growth forecasts for the future market of additive manufacturing are raising the interest of numerous companies. However, the boundary conditions for the establishment of additive manufacturing and the existing obstacles to this process are not communicated to the same extent as the benefits achievable through additive manufacturing.
This guidebook offers the reader practical help for the introduction of additive manufacturing processes. It describes different approaches for the investigation of the own product portfolio, the evaluation of the economic efficiency of additive processes as well as the planning of the construction of an additive manufacturing unit or factory.