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Current perspectives on metal AM: Hype, volume manufacturing and the geographies of production

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Original languageEnglish
TypeExtended article
Media of outputTrade Magazine
Publisher or commissioning bodyMetal AM Magazine
Number of pages11
DatePublished - 2 Mar 2020


Metal AM exists in a potentially confusing place between the world of 3D printing and
its ‘maker’ movement, and Industry 4.0, with its drive towards new economic models.
Here, Dr Jennifer Johns, Reader in International Business at the University of Bristol,
UK, contextualises metal AM within broader narratives around technological change
and economic development, Industry 4.0 and the Factory of the Future to give us a
better understanding of what the outside world expects. Drawing on recent empirical
research, different and often contradictory viewpoints are presented on the key
issues facing the move to volume manufacturing and the geographies of production.

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