Yang and Bai publish analysis of AM for on-demand spare parts
Drs. Li Yang and Lihui Bai published a quantitative model and analysis of how AM could be used for on-demand spare parts production. Using AM as a spare parts supply instead of traditional inventory is a decision faced by many manufacturers. The paper describes a performance model for a powder bed fusion AM system in a spare parts supply chain and provides insight into a question that has very little prior reporting in the open literature.
Zhang Y, Jedeck S, Yang L, Bai L. Modeling and analysis of the on-demand spare parts supply using additive manufacturing. Rapid Prototyping Journal. 2018 Nov 26.