The Impacts of Additive Manufacturing Technology on Lean/Green Supply Chain Management Practices

Bruna Torres, Bardia Naghshineh, Gonçalo Cardeal, Duarte Filipe, Helena Carvalho, Paulo Peças, Inês Ribeiro

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is an emerging technology that is changing the supply chain’s structure in a context where consumers are looking for more diversified, customizable, and yet more environmentally friendly products and technologies. The literature suggests that AM technology improves the efficiency of a supply chain by contributing to waste reduction, elimination of many assembly steps, and less energy consumption, which in turn results in “leaner” and “greener” production processes. To further investigate such implications of AM technology, this study collects anecdotal evidence from research papers regarding the impact of AM on supporting four of the lean/green supply chain practices. As a result, a theoretical framework is developed; and in a final research stage, it is discussed in an interview with a company manager. This paper’s main contribution is to provide a theoretical and managerial perspective on how the AM technology can support lean/green supply chain practices helping to achieve a better supply chain performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019
EditorsMonica Rossi, Matteo Rossini, Sergio Terzi
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-41429-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-41428-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 11 Nov 201913 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference6th European Lean Educator Conference, ELEC 2019


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Lean/green
  • Supply chain
  • Sustainability


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