3Dprint-Supply Service

The aim of the research project is to provide industrial companies barrier-free, reliable access to the 3D production of spare parts and components. The 3Dsupply project is designing a generic reference model for a highly flexible supply network for 3D printed spare parts.

By developing an integrated service concept, logistics service providers are to be enabled to expand their range of services in spare parts logistics by integrating additive manufacturing sources. In the joint project, a service is developed that includes the assessment of the possibility and meaningfulness of additive manufacturing at the component level, as well as the selection and commissioning of suitable producers, and finally the delivery of the required parts.

The FIR will develop the decentralized supply structure for an on-demand spare parts supply in the project. In order to create a reference network structure for decentralized spare parts production and supply, potential network scenarios must first be identified (AP3).

In addition, the software solution will be another core result of the project, which will be significantly developed by the FIR. It should form the basis for the exchange of information between the actors of the supply chain and the adjustment of the customer-specific requirements with the individual production possibilities of the providers (AP4).

In addition, innovative business models for the decentralized supply structure are being designed by the FIR. The developed business model concepts should contribute to the networking of all involved players, such as customers, service providers and producers, as well as to the contract manufacturing of 3D-print spare parts (AP5).

Finally, in another work package, the early and widespread dissemination of the project results and the ensuring of the dissemination of results by the FIR are planned (AP7).

The FIR is also involved in further work packages of the overall project. In AP1, in collaboration with the consortium, the requirements for decentralized production of spare parts are determined using additive manufacturing techniques. In AP6, the FIR supports the testing and validation of the demonstrator.


  • Machinery and Plant Engineering

Topic Area

  • Production Management

Research Focus

  • Supply-Chain-Management

FIR Navigator

  • Business Model Innovation
  • Ecosystem Design
  • JRF Guiding Topic

    • Industry & Environment


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    Funding information

    The project underlying this report is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research under grant number 100339302. The author is responsible for the content of this publication.