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Dr. Matthias Fink & Dr. Johannes Gartner

Fink: Vice Head of Institute and Professor, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Institute for Innovation Management, Austria
Gartner: professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


Austria/United Kingdom

How to Use the 'Magic Cube' to Choose from Differing Additive Manufacturing for an Industry 4.0 World

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) is an umbrella term for various layer-based manufacturing processes which are often portrayed as a new technological revolution. Despite impressive AM process developments the revenue of the AM industry is still a fraction of that of other manufacturing processes. This AM based revenue discrepancy raises many questions. They include: (1) What makes AM so special? and (2) How could the disruptive potential of AM be unlocked? We seek to add to the literature by providing an answer to elements of these questions through the development of a framework we call the ‘Magic Cube’. We utilize the concept of vertical and horizontal innovation theory as one basis for this framework. Further we adopt a tension perspective on automation and individualisation drawn from operations research to develop a theoretical framework. The result is the ‘Magic Cube’, a tool that is designed to support researchers and practitioners in identifying the unique strengths of AM and tapping its potential in various areas of application

Bio

Matthias Fink is vice head of the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and a Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ARU Cambridge, UK. In addition he is academic director of two MBA programs at LIMAK Austrian Business School.

Johannes Gartner is assistant professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Management Studies (Entrepreneurship) at Aalto University, Finland, issuer of the online magazine 3Druck.com and Vice-President of AM-Austria.