• Makespaces: From Redistributed Manufacturing to a Circular Economy

Prendeville, Sharon, Hartung, Grit, Purvis, Erica, Brass, Clare and Hall, Ashley, 2016, Book Section, Makespaces: From Redistributed Manufacturing to a Circular Economy Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2016. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Springer, pp. 577-588. ISBN 978-3-319-32096-0

Abstract or Description:

Redistributed manufacturing is an emerging concept which captures the anticipated reshoring and localisation of production from large scale mass manufacturing plants to smaller-scale localised, customisable production units, largely driven by new digital production technologies. Critically, community-based digital fabrication workshops, or makespaces, are anticipated to be one hothouse for this new era of localised production and as such are key to future sustainable design and manufacturing practices. In parallel, the concept of the circular economy conceptualises the move from a linear economy of take-make-waste to a closed loop system, through repair, remanufacturing, and recycling to ultimately extend the value of products and materials. Despite the clear interplay between redistributed manufacturing and circular economy, there is limited research exploring this relationship. In light of these interconnected developments, the aim of this paper is to explore the role of makespaces in contributing to a circular economy through redistributed manufacturing activities. This is achieved through six semi-structured interviews with thought leaders on these topics. The research findings identify barriers and opportunities to both circular economy and redistributed manufacturing, uncover overlaps between circular economy and redistributed manufacturing, and identify a range of future research directions that can support the coming together of these areas. The research contributes to a wider conversation on embedding circular practices within makespaces and their role in redistributed manufacturing.

Official URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319...
Subjects: Other > Engineering > H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering > H710 Manufacturing Systems Engineering > H711 Manufacturing Systems Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: EPSRC
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32098-4_49
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:27
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1794
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