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Title: 3D printing of marine spares. A case study on the acceptance in the maritime industry
Authors: Knulst, R
Keywords: Additive manufacturing
maker movement
supply chain
maritime industry
Internet of Things
marine spares
3D printing
Issue Date: 8-Jun-2016
Publisher: Open Universiteit Nederland
Abstract: This case study explores the acceptance of additive manufacturing for marine spares in the maritime industry. The main research question is: (1) Is additive manufacturing (3D printing) likely to be accepted as an innovative technology and (2) is likely to significantly affect the supply of marine spares within the maritime industry? The unified theory of acceptance of technology (UTAUT) provides variables to research behavioural intention to utilize 3D printing for marine spares. Three stakeholder groups are identified (printer manufacturer, ship supplier and end user) to conduct interviews and retrieve empirical data. Results show that even though attitude towards 3D printing is positive the technology is not likely to be accepted and supply of marine spares is not affected. This is mainly caused by identified maritime characteristics (level of awareness, technology utilization and level of fragmentation). The current state of development of the technology for industrial purposes (printing metal) does not contribute to an efficient and effective (correlated with total cost of ownership) utilization but can be driven by engaging in partnerships. This could also drive awareness and trust that additive manufacturing could be a feasible alternative or even substitute for classic mass production of marine spares.
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