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Application of total interpretive structural modelling (TISM) for analysis of factors influencing sustainable additive manufacturing: a case study

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

Article publication date: 16 July 2019

Issue publication date: 30 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to develop a structural model based on total interpretive structural modelling (TISM) approach for analysis of factors influencing sustainable additive manufacturing (AM).

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 20 factors influencing sustainable AM are identified on the basis of literature review. Appropriate inputs from experts are obtained and TISM model is developed. Also, cross-impact Matrix multiplication applied to classification (MICMAC) analysis is carried out to categorize the factors.

Findings

Based on TISM model, “Flexibility in manufacturing”, “Time to develop new product” and “Local availability of technology” are found to be the dominant factors. MICMAC analysis indicates that 10 factors belong to driving and 10 factors belong to dependent category.

Research limitations/implications

In the present study, 20 factors have been considered. In future, additional factors can be considered to deal with technological advancements.

Practical implications

The conduct of the study will enable AM experts to systematically analyze the factors influencing sustainable AM.

Originality/value

The development of structural model for analysis of factors influencing sustainable AM manufacturing is the original contribution of authors.

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Citation

Agrawal, R. and S., V. (2019), "Application of total interpretive structural modelling (TISM) for analysis of factors influencing sustainable additive manufacturing: a case study", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 25 No. 7, pp. 1198-1223. https://doi.org/10.1108/RPJ-06-2018-0152

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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