Title| Digitalizing Manufacturing, Research towards Industrializing Additive Manufacturing

Speaker| Iñigo Flores Ituarte, Assistant Professor in Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University in Denmark (Copenhagen Campus).

Date| 31 August 2018 (Friday)

Time| 1400 – 1500

Venue| Think Tank 8, Building 1, Level 4 (1. 410)


The manufacture of products, both on-demand and near-demand, in low volumes and with high variety, is the new paradigm of the ongoing industrial transformation.

Underpinning my research activity is the vision that digital manufacturing (DM) will transform service supply chains. Key enabling technologies (KETs), such as additive manufacturing (AM) and its integration with multi-purpose manufacturing cells will create disruptive ways to support a transforming manufacturing sector.

Digital manufacturing enhance company performance by reducing the operation cost of manufacturing activities, thus limiting the needs of stock keeping units and improving responsiveness and logistics in the delivery of products and services. Highly automated DM systems involving end-users will complement current supply-chain models, such as make-to-stock, make-to-order and engineer-to-order, thus enabling a new customer-centric manufacturing model which will create competitive advantage in the industrial activity of 21st century and beyond.

Looking in retrospective to my research activity, my research in the area of DM can be structured into three main areas: (I) Fundamental research aspects in additive manufacturing integration, (II) Functionality and production flexibility: digital manufacturing transformation and (III) Interdisciplinary research on digital manufacturing business innovation

In this seminar I will present experiments, case research, publications, and ongoing work that revolve around the following themes that encompass my research plan:

Hypothesis I: Industry requires a continuous knowledge update from advance manufacturing and experimental research platforms

Hypothesis II: New models of manufacturing will be coupled in CPS and CAx systems

Hypothesis III: Organizational and social aspects are key to sustainable technology transfer



Iñigo Flores Ituarte (PhD) is a newly appointed assistant professor in manufacturing engineering at Aalborg University in Denmark (Copenhagen Campus). He received his doctoral degree in 2017 at Aalto University in the department of mechanical engineering.

His research activities focusses on digital design methods, process and design optimization, and integration of Additive Manufacturing technologies into industrial processes. His work is mostly problem based and industry motivated from where he combines theory and practice to evaluate critically the future role of modern Additive Manufacturing technologies.

As an early stage scholar he has worked as post-doctoral researcher at Aalto University (Finland) and visiting researcher at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). During his career he has published more than 15 peer reviewed scientific publications and contributed to several books.