Customisation in manufacturing: The use of 3D printing

Rengarajan Srinivasan, Vaggelis Giannikas, Duncan McFarlane, Mudassar Ahmed

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An increasing demand to provide customised products creates challenges for manufacturing organisations. This poses a need to understand the characteristics required for manufacturing systems to handle customisation. In this study, 3D printing technology is assessed as an enabler for customisation. Additionally, the requirements of manufacturing systems with respect to configuration and control co-ordination are explored. A demonstrator is implemented to integrate 3D printing with conventional manufacturing, using an agent based distributed control system that co-ordinates the customisation of products and the order management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationService Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationSOHOMA 2016
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860-949X


  • 3D printing
  • Mass customization
  • Service orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Srinivasan, R., Giannikas, V., McFarlane, D., & Ahmed, M. (2017). Customisation in manufacturing: The use of 3D printing. In Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing: SOHOMA 2016 (pp. 215-223). (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 694). Springer Verlag.