Cost models of additive manufacturing: A literature review

G Costabile, M Fera, F Fruggiero, Alfredo Lambiase, Duc Pham

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From the past decades, increasing attention has been paid to the quality level of technological and mechanical properties achieved by the Additive Manufacturing (AM); these two elements have achieved a good performance, and it is possible to compare this with the results achieved by traditional technology. Therefore, the AM maturity is high enough to let industries adopt this technology in a more general production framework as the mechanical manufacturing industrial one is. Since the technological and mechanical properties are also beneficial for the materials produced with AM, the primary objective of this paper is to focus more on managerial facets,
such as the cost control of a production environment, where these new technologies are present. This paper aims to analyse the existing literature about the cost models developed specifically for AM from an operations management point of view and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of all models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-282
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering Computations
Early online date5 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing cost model


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