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Operations Management: Processes and Supply Chains, 12th Edition by Larry P. Ritzman, Manoj K. Malhotra, Lee J. Krajewski

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Additive Manufacturing

Effective supply chain integration is an essential element of competitive supply chains. However, recognizing new disruptive technologies and incorporating them into the fabric of a supply chain are keys to the future success of a firm. Before we discuss the four core processes of a supply chain, and how they should be integrated, we will discuss the implications of introducing a game-changing technology to a firm’s supply chain. One such disruptive technology is additive manufacturing (AM), which is a term to describe the technologies that build three-dimensional (3D) objects by adding layers of material such as plastic, metal, or concrete. Also known as 3D printing, AM involves computers, 3D modeling software, 3D printing ...

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