Hussein Naseraldin 1 Tali Feldman 2
1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, ORT Braude College, ישראל
2Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, ישראל

Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is a setting in which the physical and cyber worlds are seamlessly connected. That rich connection creates a potential to streamline communication and thus, the decision-making process. IIOT is no more than a plethora of technologies that take any manufacturing setting to a higher level of productivity, complexity, and control. We focus on Additive Manufacturing (AM) and specifically, the 3D Printing (3DP) technology, which a capability enabled by advancements in material science. 3DP is a technology that allows manufacturing things in an additive manner rather than a subtractive manner, as has been the case so far. In a 3DP environment, a product can be produced using a specialized printer that produces the product by adding a layer on top of another layer. That setting allows producing complex designs that otherwise could not have been produced. In addition, it allows producing batches of as small as one item. Because of such radical changes, assembly work and material costs can be reduced potentially by a double-digit number. In this study we analyze a stylized setting in which a 3DP line is considered in addition to the regular mass-production line. Then a strategic question arises: how to decide which capability to utilize for producing a given order, taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of each method of production? We present and analyze a stylized model through which one can derive the optimal decision in such a setting.

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