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Additive Manufacturing Applications for Industry 4.0: A Systematic Critical Review

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Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B5 5JU, UK
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Buildings 2020, 10(12), 231; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120231
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 21 November 2020 / Accepted: 24 November 2020 / Published: 6 December 2020
Additive manufacturing, including 3D printing (3DP), is one of the critical pillars of Industry 4.0 and the next construction revolution. Several countries, including China, have utilized 3DP on larger scales or real projects. However, reviews of the lessons learned from previous large-sized practices of 3DP utilization are scarce. This paper presents a few practical applications of implementing 3DP over the past decade and suggests a direction for future research work. Recent publications on 3DP practices are systematically reviewed using an interpretivist philosophical lens, and more specifically, the nozzle characteristics are focused upon. The Scopus and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) journal databases are utilized, resulting in the examination of 54 English and 62 Chinese papers. The selected practices from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao are considered for this review. A content critical review approach is adopted, and the identified papers are critically reviewed. These papers reported key challenges and advantages from their reported practices, such as limitations in aggregate sizes, nozzle sizes, standards, post-occupancy satisfaction, final product quality, productivity challenges and other associated risks. The paper reports upon prominent limitations and signposts directions for future investigations. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; building information modeling (BIM), laser scanner; contour crafting 3D printing; additive manufacturing; building information modeling (BIM), laser scanner; contour crafting
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Sepasgozar, S.M.E.; Shi, A.; Yang, L.; Shirowzhan, S.; Edwards, D.J. Additive Manufacturing Applications for Industry 4.0: A Systematic Critical Review. Buildings 2020, 10, 231. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120231

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Sepasgozar SME, Shi A, Yang L, Shirowzhan S, Edwards DJ. Additive Manufacturing Applications for Industry 4.0: A Systematic Critical Review. Buildings. 2020; 10(12):231. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120231

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Sepasgozar, Samad M.E.; Shi, Anqi; Yang, Liming; Shirowzhan, Sara; Edwards, David J. 2020. "Additive Manufacturing Applications for Industry 4.0: A Systematic Critical Review" Buildings 10, no. 12: 231. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120231

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