Trends in agility for rapid product development and manufacturing – a review

Ivan Eugeniev Popov, Nicholas George Bennett, Spencer Onuh

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    With the rapid changes taking place in the global market, it has
    become clear that enterprises working on rapid manufacturing need to integrate
    Agile Manufacturing (AM) concept with their systems. Rapid Prototyping
    (RP), tooling and manufacture have come to stay as enablers of agility. Another
    emerging manufacturing philosophy is Mass Customisation, which is expected
    to become a market leader in manufacturing in the 21st century. To design
    efficient production systems and factories operating in these manufacturing
    paradigms, new design approaches need to be developed. This paper reviews
    some of the important research work done on RP, Rapid Manufacturing (RM)
    and AM, to show how RP/RM has been used successfully for implementing
    agility in a number of research fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-146
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Agile Systems and Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Agile Manufacturing
    • Rapid
    • MC
    • Mass Customisation
    • AM


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