The recent advancement of modern manufacturing technologies is gradually disrupting scale and distribution in the manufacturing and production industry. Additive manufacturing (AM), also referred to as 3D printing, is one such advanced manufacturing technology with the potentials of contributing significantly to both environmental and industrial sustainability. As global perspectives shift towards manufacturing and production processes that help to promote environmental sustainability, 3D printing comes in handy for manufacturers as a useful tool that can be utilized in promoting sustainability both at the environmental and industrial scale. This paper discusses the general status of AM as a novel technology in manufacturing industries, and the rate of adoption of this technology in the manufacturing and production industries in Nigeria. It contends that AM is a beneficial tool that can be leveraged upon by manufacturers to promote environmental sustainability as well as to modify manufacturing processes for enhanced production of components. The paper further highlighted certain challenges that might hinder manufacturers in the country from adopting AM as a manufacturing tool, as well as a variety of measures that can be taken to overcome these challenges.
Keywords: 3D printing, Environment, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Nigeria
Author: Ukeje, Chukwudike Chukwunenye