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State of art review on sustainable additive manufacturing

Rohit Agrawal (Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)
Vinodh S. (Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report the state of art review on sustainable additive manufacturing (AM).

Design/methodology/approach

AM processes are becoming environmentally conscious and sustainable. In total, 63 papers are being collected from peer-reviewed journal sources. The review is presented on triple bottom line sustainable aspects, namely, environment, economy and society.

Findings

In the environmental dimension, papers on energy consumption, design optimization and life cycle assessment aspects are being collected and presented. The key inferences and insights are being derived from the mentioned perspectives and a framework for sustainable AM is proposed.

Research limitations/implications

The review is limited to journal articles from the study on sustainable AM. Book chapters are being excluded.

Practical implications

The study also discussed various perspectives of sustainable AM and provided insights on sustainable AM to practitioners.

Originality/value

Systematic review on sustainable additive manufacturing is the original contribution of the authors.

Keywords

Citation

Agrawal, R. and S., V. (2019), "State of art review on sustainable additive manufacturing", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 1045-1060. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-04-2018-0085

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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