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Impacts of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Flow: A Simulation Approach in Healthcare Industry

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Department of Industrial Engineering, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep 27300, Turkey
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Department of International Trade and Logistics, Erciyes University, Kayseri 38039, Turkey
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Dijitalis Software and Consultancy, İstanbul 34742, Turkey
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Logistics 2018, 2(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics2010001
Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 27 December 2017 / Published: 29 December 2017
Additive manufacturing (AM) can lead to innovative solutions in traditional supply chain networks (TSCN), which contains very complicated and -hard to manage- chains. With 3D printing technology, a design file can transform directly to a product, skipping many traditional manufacturing steps. Thus, this new application can affect all logistics and supply chain activities positively. The research problem of this paper is to search and assess supply chain changes associated with 3D printing technology adoption to identify the potential impact of AM. To do so, two different supply chain networks, which are TSCN and 3D printing supply chain network (3DPSCN) for healthcare industry are considered. A simulation model is developed to evaluate the potential impact of 3D printing improvements on the configuration of orthopedic insole supply chains. The main contribution of this paper is proposing a simulation model for a healthcare company to compare its 3DPSCN structure with its TSCN version. The results show the concrete benefits such as lead-time and number of customers that can be achieved by 3DPSCN compared to TSCN. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D printing; additive manufacturing; orthopedic insole; simulation; supply chain 3D printing; additive manufacturing; orthopedic insole; simulation; supply chain
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Özceylan, E.; Çetinkaya, C.; Demirel, N.; Sabırlıoğlu, O. Impacts of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Flow: A Simulation Approach in Healthcare Industry. Logistics 2018, 2, 1. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics2010001

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Özceylan E, Çetinkaya C, Demirel N, Sabırlıoğlu O. Impacts of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Flow: A Simulation Approach in Healthcare Industry. Logistics. 2018; 2(1):1. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics2010001

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Özceylan, Eren, Cihan Çetinkaya, Neslihan Demirel, and Ozan Sabırlıoğlu. 2018. "Impacts of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Flow: A Simulation Approach in Healthcare Industry" Logistics 2, no. 1: 1. https://doi.org/10.3390/logistics2010001

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