Additive Manufacturing: Impact, Prospects, and Challenges in Sustainable Engineering

Cynthia Samuel Abima, Nkosinathi Madushele

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The advent of modern manufacturing technology and the increased consumer demand for custom goods and services are causing a paradigm shift from traditional manufacturing to additive manufacturing (AM) processes. Because additive manufacturing is a relatively new technology, its consequence on sustainable engineering is still a very gray area. This chapter draws on modern-day research and data to provide insights into additive manufacturing and its role in fostering sustainable engineering. It introduces additive manufacturing, its technologies, and its respective benefits, which include the reduction in weight, material, waste, and carbon footprint, coupled with the ease of redesigning, remanufacturing, and the use of renewable and biodegradable green materials. The applications of additive manufacturing in various fields are also discussed, aiming at highlighting how the product design, systems, and operations of additive manufacturing processes promote sustainable engineering practices and impact economic, social, and environmental aspects. This chapter also gives an insight into the future prospects of additive manufacturing processes toward improving sustainable engineering. Lastly, the challenges of additive manufacturing technology toward sustainability have been enumerated with a specific recommendation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Energy and Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
VolumePart F2272
ISSN (Print)1865-3529
ISSN (Electronic)1865-3537


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Design
  • Materials
  • Operating system
  • Products
  • Sustainable engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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