The Barriers that Hinder Rapid Prototyping Deployment within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Which Should Come First?

By Ahmed M. Romouzy Ali, Siamak Noroozi, Philip Sewell and Tania Humphries-Smith.

Published by The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management: Annual Review

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A radical revolution in manufacturing has started to take place owing to rapid prototyping (RP), which based on completely new additive techniques, produce fully functional parts directly from a three-dimensional computer aided design model without the use of tooling. This offers the potential to change the concept of prototyping, manufacturing, service and distribution, with opportunities for producing highly complex and customised products. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the global economy, extensively producing while making a significant and crucial contribution to the global economy. The latest status has boosted the importance of the SMEs in both developed and developing countries due to the increased reliance on international partners. However are these SMEs ready to take on this global challenge? This paper investigates the main barriers of deployment of RP in SMEs. These barriers are prioritised in an attempt to promote a new change management approach to improve the integration of RP technology into SMEs.

Keywords: Rapid Prototyping, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Change Management

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management: Annual Review, Volume 12, 2012, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.985MB).

Ahmed M. Romouzy Ali

Postgraduate Researcher, PhD, Design Simulation Research Centre, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Dorset, UK and Helwan University, Cairo, Poole, Egypt

He is a Postgraduate Researcher PhD in the School of Design, Engineering and Computing at Bournemouth University, Poole, United Kingdom. Also he is an Associate Lecturer in the Industrial Design Department, Faculty of Applied Arts at Helwan University, Giza, Egypt. He holds M.Sc. degree in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Applied Arts at Helwan University. His main areas of academic and research interest are Rapid Prototyping Technology, New Product Development, Product/Industrial Design Practises, Technology Transfer, Knowledge Transfer Partnership and High Value Manufacturing. His research and lectures cover such disciplines.

Dr. Siamak Noroozi

Professor, Design Simulation Research Centre, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset, UK

He received his PhD from Sheffield University in 1986 in the area of Finite Element Analysis coupled with Boundary Element Analysis. He currently holds the Chair in Advanced Technology at Bournemouth University. His research interests are Finite Element Analysis, Boundary Element Analysis, biomechanics, condition monitoring, general stress analysis, photoelasticity, alternative numerical analysis, composite technology and aeroelasticity.

Dr. Philip Sewell

Design Framework Leader, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset, UK

He received his BEng degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the West of England in 1999 and a PhD in the field of Prosthetic Design in 2003. He is currently employed as a Senior Academic in Design Simulation at Bournemouth University. His research interests include the design of novel tools for prosthetic fitting, the development of techniques to determine prosthetic interfacial pressure distributions, and experimental and numerical stress analysis.

Dr. Tania Humphries-Smith

Associate Dean, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset, UK

She is Associate Dean (Design & Engineering) at Bournemouth University whose teaching areas are Engineering and Product Design. She was in professional practice as a Product Designer before entering Academia. She is also a Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers and Member of Council, as well as a Chartered Engineer. Her research activities are in the areas of both sustainable product design, specifically, the social aspects of sustainable design and design education. She has published papers in design education since 1998.