Achieving mass customization through additive manufacturing

R. M. Mahamood*, E. T. Akinlabi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mass customization aim to achieve customized product at a rate similar to mass production rate. Additive manufacturing (AM), an advanced manufacturing method, is capable of producing customized product, no matter the complexity simply, by adding materials layer after layer and building of the part in one unit. Unlike in traditional manufacturing process where a complex part needs to be broken down to smaller units and then assembled at a later stage, AM produces a complex part directly from the computer aided design (CAD) model of the part by adding materials in layers as against material removal in the traditional manufacturing process. Consumer product is moving from standardized product to customized product. For manufacturing companies to be able to keep up with this demand trend; there is a need for manufacturing process that deliver. This study looks at how AM can be used to achieve customized product with mass production efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Ergonomics of Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationManaging the Enterprise of the Future - Proceedings of the AHFE International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing, 2016
EditorsStefan Trzcieliński, Christopher Schlick
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319416977
ISBN (Print)9783319416960
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing, HAAMAHA 2016 - Walt Disney World, United States
Duration: 27 Jul 201631 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing, HAAMAHA 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWalt Disney World

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