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General Tech Additive Manufacturing for the Spare Part Supply Chain of Classic Cars – An exploratory Literature Review

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Dear Classic Car Friends,

My name is Lukas, I am 24 years old and I come from Munich. Classic cars have been inspiring me ever since I put my feet on the pedals. I have decided to turn my hobby into a job. I am currently on this path:

I have been doing a research master’s degree at Stellenbosch University SA for a year. My topic is the use of 3D printing to produce spare parts for classic cars. The aim of my research is to develop a method to identify spare parts best suitable for 3D printing. In addition to the usual factors such as size, material, and function, up to 10 other spare part attributes are analysed in this method.
To identify the spare part attributes and to estimate the potential improvement of utilising 3D printing an Exploratory Literature was conducted. Attached you will find this Literature Review which consists of the following chapter:
  • Classic Car Market
  • Spare Part Management in the Automotive Industry
  • Additive Manufacturing of Spare Parts
Also, an outlook of my future work is provided which will include the design of the ranking method for spare parts according to their potential for Additive Manufacturing.




  • Conference-Paper-Lukas-Paskert.pdf
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Great Pumpkin
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Great plan. Additive manufacture is an ideal method for parts for "classic" cars. A "Just in Time" process and good business model, where market demand dictates inventory would be desirable.

Good luck!