Exploring the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the UAE Industry

  • Alanoud A. Alabdouli

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    Abstract

    Additive manufacturing (AM) gained substantial attention as one of the most innovative technologies and one of the most disruptive innovations that impact the global supply chain and logistics industry. There is a lack of literature exploring additive manufacturing in the UAE industry. This research is designed to investigate the challenges of the current spare parts supply chain in the UAE. It evaluates the understanding, expectations, and readiness to adopt additive manufacturing and digital spare parts concept. The research's main finding shows many challenges associated with the current spare parts supply chains, such as lack of spare parts in the market and long lead time. The findings indicate a chance to improve the current supply chains and implement AM technology to solve many of these challenges. The readiness level to move to AM requires more development.
    Date of AwardJul 2021
    Original languageAmerican English

    Keywords

    • Additive Manufacturing
    • 3D printing
    • Adoption of technological innovation
    • Spare parts supply chain
    • AM challenges/implications
    • digital spare parts.

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