Hello everyone and welcome to the 3D printing in Logistics seminar.

This is introduction on the seminar and a small briefing on 3D Printing and logistics, until our first meeting next week. This is a research-based seminar, meaning students will be working in groups of four check on research topics that will be developed by you independently from themes that will be discussed in our meetings. Through the semester you will work on your research for the submission of a final report (15-20 pages), a presentation and test. More on the structure, deadlines, deliverables, communication and meetings and evaluation criteria will be discussed on our first meeting.

Regarding the topics and number of participants: while general themes can be translated to more than one topic, due to the seminar being research based and will require supervision and following up, I hope those who are registered will be able to work through their research seminar till the end, and / or need the credits this semester, otherwise you can take the seminar when it is offered again in another run. Students targeted are those with already   good knowledge of simulation and modeling  programs and can work and  research independently  . 

Please also go through the Information sheet of seminars at the chair of Transport and logistics.

A small briefing on 3D Printing and logistics:

3D Printing (also known as Additive manufacturing) has been described as many things from revolutionary to disruptive in many industries. Although the idea behind 3DP in not new, yet lately, there have been newer technological advances in the methods as well as a wider increase in application, capitalizing on the 3DP capabilities.

From a logistics and supply chain point of view, the 3DP advertised capabilities sounds ground-breaking, from decentralized manufacturing, newer distribution models, less complexity, flexible and tool free designs, less holding inventory, lesser waste, and a better carbon footprint.

But, are these potentials attainable? Can we use 3DP to decentralize whole product lines? Or it depends for example on the product? Does the demand quantity and value affect these potentials? Will it be possible to shift from physical to digital inventory? If not, what do we need to make this possible? How is quality controlled? And what about 3D Printing and sustainability? Are there any applications of 3DP in the health industry, specifically to aid the health care sector during the current Covid-19 pandemic?

In this seminar, an introduction about 3DP technologies and a quick literature survey of logistics and supply chain management themes will be discussed. Students should then develop relevant and appropriate research problems based on the discussed literature. Choose the right tools, and data collection methods. and finally,   conclude their research with the analysis and evaluation of the modeling / simulation outcomes.