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3D Printing as a production method to improve operationality in the training/preparation phase of units

Kraaijvanger, Steven (2018) 3D Printing as a production method to improve operationality in the training/preparation phase of units.

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Abstract:The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) encounters problems, regarding the availability of their systems during the training phase. The focus of this thesis will be to improve system availability during the training phase of units. One of the causes that reduces system availability are disruptions in part supply. Parts that suffer a disruption are not available via the normal supply chain. This can cause systems to be non-operational as they miss a part. Additive manufacturing (AM), in other words 3D printing, is seen as a solution that can contribute to reduce the magnitude of this problem. In the first chapters of this thesis, the current policies and the current problems with regards to system management are described. I will end this thesis by investigating the possibilities and cost-efficiency of AM, for some military parts of the RNLA. This thesis aims to answer the question how AM can contribute to the training phase of units.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76678
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