Opportunities and Limitations of Additive Manufacturing

Frank Alifui-Segbaya, Iñigo Flores Ituarte, Seymur Hasanov, Ankit Gupta, Ismail Fidan

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is a terminology synonymous with 3D printing of materials for recreational purposes and more importantly for specialized applications in industry. The current popularity of AM attests to its utility not just as a versatile manufacturing option but one that also draws expertise from different disciplines. Alongside the advantages of freeform geometry, customization, automation, reduced waste, innovation, and opportunities, lie limitations to produce parts and products. To put into perspective, although AM processes are digitally controlled and hence can guarantee predictable outcomes for some materials, constraints within the process steps, technical feasibilities, cost, risks, and the lack of consensus are impediments for the general uptake of the technology. This book chapter explores some facets of this important subject by benchmarking AM against conventional manufacturing techniques. The benefits of design for AM are also discussed together with end-use applications, innovative potentials, and limitations of AM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Handbook of Additive Manufacturing
EditorsEujin Pei, Alain Bernard, Dongdong Gu, Christoph Klahn, Mario Monzón, Maren Petersen, Tao Sun
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-20752-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-20751-8
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSpringer Handbooks
VolumePart F1592
ISSN (Print)2522-8692
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8706


  • 3D Printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • CNC machining
  • Conventional manufacturing
  • Design

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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