Towards a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Additive Manufacturing as a Service

Ivkic, Igor and Buhmann, Tobias and List, Burkhard and Gnauer, Clemens (2024) Towards a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Additive Manufacturing as a Service. In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2024 :. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science . UNSPECIFIED, FRA, pp. 338-345. ISBN 9789897587016

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Abstract

The landscape of traditional industrial manufacturing is undergoing a pivotal shift from resource-intensive production and long supply chains to more sustainable and regionally focused economies. In this evolving scenario, the move towards local, on-demand manufacturing is emerging as a remedy to the environmentally damaging practice of mass-producing products in distant countries and then transporting them over long distances to customers. This paradigm shift significantly empowers customers, giving them greater control over the manufacturing process by enabling on-demand production and favouring local production sites over traditional mass production and extensive shipping practices. In this position paper we propose a cloud-native Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS) platform that integrates advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing technology into a responsive and eco-conscious manufacturing ecosystem. In this context, we propose a high-level architectural design for a cloud-based MaaS platform that connects web shops of local stores with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating 3D printers. Furthermore, we outline an experimental design, including a cost-benefit analysis, to empirically evaluate the operational effectiveness and economic feasibility in a cloud-based additive manufacturing ecosystem. The proposed cloud-based MaaS platform enables on-demand additive manufacturing and opens up a profit sharing opportunity between different stakeholders.

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Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects:
?? cloud platformadditive manufacturingmanufacturing as a service3d printercost-benefit analysis ??
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221317
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Deposited On:
13 Jun 2024 09:50
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Yes
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Published
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16 Jul 2024 05:27