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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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William A. Cunningham, PhD


The purpose of this research was to highlight the issue of parts obsolescence and to highlight the possibility of using alternative methods to overcome parts shortage. Specifically, this thesis sought to answer the research question: is the three-dimensional printing technology (3D) an applicable approach to overcome part obsolescence. The research question was answered through data research and survey analysis. Notwithstanding, the diminished manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS) management and other existing approaches, such as forecasting, contracting, and reverse engineering (RE), were discussed briefly in the literature review and profoundly in chapter IV to differentiate among applicable existing solutions toward solving parts obsolescence. This research qualitatively conducted a survey to identify the depth of the applicability of the 3D printing technology approach to be a solution for material shortages in comparison with other approaches to solving this matter.

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