An Economic and Technological Analysis of 3D Printing in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Medical Industries

Ray, J Alexander (2015) An Economic and Technological Analysis of 3D Printing in the Automotive, Aerospace, and Medical Industries. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Ryan Miller and James Vaughan from Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Although 3D Printing currently produces only a few parts in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, imminent economic changes and technological advances will lead to mass adoption of the technology within the next decade. In the past ten years, 3D Printing technology has advanced so rapidly that the previously unknown manufacturing technique has become a billion dollar industry. Today, 3D Printing pervades many industries. This thesis focuses on the use of 3D Printing in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. After an introduction examining 3D Printing and general economic production theory, this thesis identifies current and potential uses for 3D Printing and conducts a cost analysis for each of these three industries. Based on the evidence from these analyses and widely forseen imminent economic changes, 3D Printing will continue to advance over the next decade, becoming an integral manufacturing technique.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Ray, J Alexander
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Advisor: Ryan Miller and James Vaughan
Thesis Advisor's Department: Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Depositing User: J Alexander Ray
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 18:15
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 18:15
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/439

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