Product Families and Modularity: New Options through Additive Manufacturing

Project status: Complete

Thrust area: Enabling Information Infrastructure

Research team: Timothy Simpson

In today’s global economy, companies often struggle to meet the diverse needs of their customers. The proposed work seeks to enable companies to increase product variety and reduce manufacturing cost and lead time through the combination of platforms and modularity while utilizing the new capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM). This will drive user customization and increased customer satisfaction without a drastic increase in manufacturing cost by leveraging the “economies of one” enabled by AM.