Thesis paper looks at 3D printing in the supply chain to determine if it truly is a disruptive technology

Two master’s students, Maryam Salman and Waqas Mushtaq, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) completed a thesis paper together about the structure of the supply chain network and if additive manufacturing can be considered a disruptive technology in business. The paper, titled “Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Network Structure,” is essentially a study of 15 different Norwegian firms and their use of additive manufacturing.

The two co-authors interviewed and observed the companies in order to provide detailed case studies and, as the paper states, “empirically ground the networked use of additive manufacturing.”

“This study has proven to be a great way to learn about new subjects and gain a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms involved in production, supply chain network structure, impact of additive manufacturing on network structure and the degree to which additive manufacturing can be considered as a disruptive innovation,” Salman and Mushtaq wrote in the preface of their paper.

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