3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Capability Modelling

Vaughan Michell


The use of 3D, or additive manufacturing, is becoming more widespread and is seen as a new industrial revolution due to the advantages of a material deposition approach compared to material removal. However, little work has been done to identify and formalise the capabilities of this new technology. This paper formally analyses the generic 3D printing process of additive manufacturing and compares it with the traditional subtractive manufacturing process using the capability affordance model to determine its unique capabilities. The CAM model defines a capability as a mechanism and space-time path. Results show that whilst the mechanisms differ in terms of force and heat drivers, it is the space time path topology that is key to manufacturing capability differences. We apply a topological analysis to identify the unique affordance path of 3D printing which clearly demonstrates its superiority in complex and integrated part manufacture. Finally we outline the differences in the key capability affordance factors for manufacturing in the two methods. This paper builds on earlier work concerning the capability affordance model as a knowledge model to analyse and understand capabilities and the unique advantages and possibilities of 3D printing.


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Michell V. (2016). 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Capability Modelling . In Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD, ISBN 978-989-758-190-8, pages 73-83. DOI: 10.5220/0006222400730083

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author={Vaughan Michell},
title={3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Capability Modelling},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,},

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JO - Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Business Modeling and Software Design - Volume 1: BMSD,
TI - 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Capability Modelling
SN - 978-989-758-190-8
AU - Michell V.
PY - 2016
SP - 73
EP - 83
DO - 10.5220/0006222400730083