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Managing 3D Printing Technologies for Manufacturing

Managing 3D Printing Technologies for Manufacturing

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is introducing revolutionary changes to manufacturing processes. In the beginning, 3D printers were used only for small-scale trial production. However, more and more 3D printing service providers are now mass-producing their products. Nowadays, information companies, 3D photo studios, supermarket chains, and other shops are providing limited 3D printing services. Most of the existing studies on 3D printing for manufacturing have focused on technical concerns such as the use of various materials for printing, modeling and simulation, and how to inspect a 3D-printed product. However, there are managerial concerns that warrant attention, such as 3D-object database management, lean manufacturing, digital rights management, e-commerce applications, and globalization and deglobalization (Chen and Lin, 2017). This special issue is intended to provide technical details of managing 3D printing technologies for manufacturing. According to strict review criteria, thirteen articles from researchers around the world were accepted.

A review on quality control in additive manufacturing,Abrasive flow finishing of FDM printed parts using a sustainable media,Additive manufacturing of laser cutting nozzles by SLM: processing, finishing and functional characterization,Development of productivity estimation model for mass-customized production by Selective Laser Melting,Effects of mixture ingredients on interlayer adhesion of concrete in Contour Crafting,Fused deposition modeling five-axis additive manufacturing: machine design, fundamental printing methods and critical process characteristics,Heat distribution in material during fused deposition modeling,Investigation of influence of heat treatment on mechanical strength of FDM printed 3D objects,Managing 3D printing technologies for manufacturing,Multilayer fuzzy neural network for modeling a multisource uncertain unit-cost learning process in wafer fabrication,Perception of 3D-printing: analysis of manufacturing-use and adoption,Quality control issues in 3D-printing manufacturing: a review,Selective laser melting of maraging steel: Mechanical properties development and its application in mold,Structural optimization design for antenna bracket manufactured by selective laser melting,The use of rapid prototyping in the joining of fractured historical silver object,Validating 3D-printed porous proxies by tomography and porosimetry

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