Design Knowledge Development and Additive Manufacturing Systems: How Does Design Knowledge Change With Design for AM?

IGI Global
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Handbook of Research on Industrial Advancement in Scientific Knowledge, 2019, pp. 205 - 222
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The adoption of new technology is key for any manufacturer wanting to stay relevant as the world transi- tions to Industry 4.0. The advance of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies—an important element of Industry 4.0—has become part of a globally accepted reality. However, conventional design practice and knowledge generation inside a manufacturing firm must evolve. Technology-driven innovation must embrace knowledge-directed design work that is aimed at forecasting and utilizing the potential of new technologies. The chapter includes two projects, both of which were manufactured using additive manufacturing laser sintering technology. Analysis of the projects positions them at either end of a wider spectrum of product design practice that more aptly captures the way design and industry must operate for technology-driven innovation and Industry 4.0. A place for conventional design for manufacture remains though the case studies indicate differences in the setting of values to inform practice, requiring new methods for creating and managing design knowledge in the future.
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