Lead-Time Effect Comparison of Additive Manufacturing with Conventional Alternatives
Paper in proceeding, 2020

This single case study used value stream mapping as input data to analyse alternatives for production of quenching tools in an on-site tool department of an automotive manufacturer. The existing manufacturing organised as a functional workshop was compared to the alternatives, adding an additive manufacturing cell or a conventional automated cell, with regards to lead-Time and needed process changes. The results indicate that lead-Time savings should not be the only reason for considering additive manufacturing. When it is beneficial for design and product functionality improvements, however, lead time improvements may give a contribution to the business case.


Case study

Tool manufacturing

Additive manufacturing

Scenario-based analysis method


Martin Kurdve

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Karl Eric Persson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Magnus Widfeldt

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Johan C Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Alexander Drott

Volvo Group

Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering

Vol. 13 672-679
9781614994398 (ISBN)

9th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2020
Virtual; online, Sweden,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Reliability and Maintenance

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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