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Additive manufacturing and its impact on industry

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

Deadline for the submission: 20th of December 2015

Guest Editor: J. Roland Ortt, Delft University of Technology, [email protected]
Co-guest editor: Leon Pretorius, University of Pretoria.
Co-guest editor: Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

The Call

Additive manufacturing is an upcoming technology that has been identified in general as going to be one of the most disruptive technologies for society (Hyman, 2011; Sung-Won (2013) as well as being disruptive in particular for manufacturing (Merrill, 2014). This manufacturing technology deserves a proper discussion to analyse historical developments, technical developments and their consequences for production, distribution, supply and marketing of industrial goods. Ultimately the structure of our entire economy might change because of the large-scale use of additive manufacturing.

The special issue explores a variety of topics with the aim to create a vision on the consequences of the application of this technology in specific industries. The special issue aims to understand the history of the emergence of additive manufacturing, to analyse current technical and market developments and to explore future consequences of this technology for the structure of industries and the economy at large.

Articles can focus on the following subtopics (but are not limited to):

• History or emergence of additive manufacturing.
• Diffusion of additive manufacturing machines. Outlook for further diffusion.
• Additive manufacturing applications for consumers.
• Additive manufacturing applications for industry.
• Exploration of the different application fields. What were the niche applications that made additive manufacturing start? What are and will become the mainstream applications?
• Comparison of different kinds of additive manufacturing with other types of production such as injection moulding. For which kinds of products is additive manufacturing cost-effective compared to other available production technologies?
• Combining additive manufacturing with related technologies, for example in fab labs.
• Consequences of additive manufacturing for the structure of the value chain in selected industries.
• Consequences of additive manufacturing in our daily life.
• The future of additive manufacturing and the structure of our economy.

Articles can be conceptual but should as much as possible be backed up with empirical data. Articles will be evaluated by a team of guest editors both in terms of fit with the topic and quality. Articles will go through the usual peer-review process that is typical for JMTM.

Manuscript submission:

In preparing of manuscripts, authors are asked to carefully follow the JMTM Author Guidelines as posted on the journal website:

All articles should be submitted in English. We strongly suggest that non-native English speakers have their manuscripts proofread prior to submission. The following link provides another possibility to ensure proper English:

All papers should be submitted by December 20, 2015. Authors should ensure that the Additive Manufacturing Special Issue option is selected. All appropriate papers will go through the normal journal review process.


Hyman, P. (2011), Ten disruptive technologies. Communications of the ACM, 54(9), pp. 20.

Merrill, P. (2014), The new revolution, 3-D printing is changing manufacturing and the world as we know it. Quality Progress, January, pp. 50-52.

Sung-Won, J. (2013), Seven disruptive innovations for future industries, SERI Quarterly, July, pp. 94-98.