Quotation Kunovjanek, Maximilian, Knofius, Nils, Reiner, Gerald. 2020. Additive manufacturing and supply chains – a systematic review. Production Planning and Control. 1-21.




In most supply chains, the application of additive manufacturing (AM) is still far from common. However, various industries ranging from aerospace to consumer goods are investigating its potential to enable the digital value chain. Considering these developments, the research community has supported the adoption of AM in supply chains in many ways. This article contributes to the scientific discourse by systematically reviewing relevant literature depending on industry sector, purpose and supply chain area following the SCOR framework to allow fast access to essential information. The review encompasses 1004 articles, where 141 were subjected to a full-text analysis with argument-specific coding. Findings revealed the predominant AM trends for supply chains, perceived benefits and challenges, and possible applications. Managerial implications based on an overview of (envisioned) applications of AM in different industries are outlined. Additionally, based on a qualitative analysis, gaps in the literature and future lines of research were identified.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Production Planning and Control
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Additive manufacturing and supply chains – a systematic review
Year 2020
Page from 1
Page to 21
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09537287.2020.1857874
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1857874
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1857874


Reiner, Gerald (Details)
Knofius, Nils (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Kunovjanek, Maximilian (Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Institute for Production Management (Reiner) (Details)
Institute for Production Management IN (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1133 Computer-aided simulation (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5316 Industrial management (Details)
5326 Production research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
5365 Quality management (Details)
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