The role of additive technologies in the prototyping issues of design

Monica Carfagni (Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy)
Lorenzo Fiorineschi (Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy)
Rocco Furferi (Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy)
Lapo Governi (Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy)
Federico Rotini (Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Publication date: 8 October 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to argue about the involvement of additive technologies (ATs) in the prototyping issues of designing. More precisely, it reviews the literature contributions focused on the different perspectives of prototyping activities for design purposes, searching for both available knowledge and research needs concerning the correct exploitation of ATs.

Design/methodology/approach

A two-step literature review has been performed. In the first step, general information has been retrieved about prototyping issues related to design. In the second step, the literature searches were focused on retrieving more detailed information about ATs, concerning each of the main issues identified in the previous step. Extracted information has been analyzed and discussed for understanding the actual coverage of the arguments and for identifying possible research needs.

Findings

Four generally valid prototyping issues have been identified in the first step of the literature review. For each of them, available information and current lacks have been identified and discussed about the involvement of AT, allowing to extract six different research hints for future works.

Originality/value

This is the first literature review concerning AT-focused contributions that cover the complex and inter-disciplinary issues characterizing prototyping activities in design contexts.

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Citation

Carfagni, M., Fiorineschi, L., Furferi, R., Governi, L. and Rotini, F. (2018), "The role of additive technologies in the prototyping issues of design", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 24 No. 7, pp. 1101-1116. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-02-2017-0021

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