How Additive Manufacturing Improves Product Lifecycle Management and Supply Chain Management in the Aviation Sector?

  • Alejandro RomeroEmail author
  • Darli Rodrigues Vieira
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 467)


Aviation is a high competitive industry where actors should be first adopters for leading market or following adopters to survive. Traditional manufacturing techniques pass into the background, manufacturing systems require using additive technologies for rapid adaptation to current demand and reduction of production cycle duration. Many large mechanic and aircraft engineering companies have already adopted additive manufacturing technologies in their future production strategy. The general concept of 3D printer on the basis of e-manufacturing principles is aimed at integration of computer models of physical objects and processes. This change requires a deep transformation into enterprise business model, affecting either core or support activities. For instance, additive manufacturing could also change product lifecycle and supply chain management practices. This paper aims to identifying how these new technologies could improve support activities for aeronautical industry? Results show that additive manufacturing triggers a paradigm shift for aircraft lifecycle management and enable lean and agile practices for supply chain management.


Additive manufacturing Product lifecycle management Supply chain management Agile 3D printing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management (ESG), Research Chair in Management of Aeronautical Projects (UQTR) and Chair in Project Management (ESG UQAM)Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)MontrealCanada
  2. 2.Research Chair in Management of Aeronautical Projects (UQTR)Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)MontrealCanada

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