Additive manufacturing from the sustainability perspective: proposal for a self-assessment tool
Paper in proceedings, 2019

Emergent technologies and additive manufacturing have a significant role in shaping the future of manufacturing, enabling companies to produce complex products and parts in a more efficient and sustainable way. However, companies are struggling to identify and achieve the full potential of the technology from a sustainability perspective. The purpose of this paper is to develop a checklist to assess the sustainability performance of additive manufacturing adoption and exploitation, based on secondary data from the academic literature, technical reports, and company cases. Results rely on the identification of critical sustainability aspects for additive manufacturing and key performance indicators.

sustainable operations

performance indicators



Additive manufacturing


Carla Gonçalves Machado

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science

Mats Winroth

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics

Elias Hans Dener Ribeiro da Silva

University of Southern Denmark

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (ISSN)

Vol. 81 482-487

52nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Slovenia,

SMART PM - Sustainable Manufacturing by Automated Real-Time Performance Management

VINNOVA, 2018-04-20 -- 2020-12-20.

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance



Basic sciences



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