3D Metal Printing also known as ‘Additive Manufacturing’ is an innovative process with positive sustainability outcomes. This technology is reported in the literature as having the potential to transform industries such as manufacturing and construction. However, despite myriad opportunities there are also many challenges that must first be overcome before this technology becomes widely adopted and the sustainability benefits fully realised. This research focusses on the challenges facing 3D Metal Printing in Australia. In-depth interviews were conducted with various stakeholders including businesses involved in the construction, primary production and manufacturing sectors. The interviews investigated perceptions of 3D Metal Printing, adoption barriers and possible ways to encourage its future adoption. A review of the literature, in conjunction with the depth interview findings facilitated the development of a conceptual model of 3D Metal Printing adoption barriers. These include aspects such as financial barriers, lack of technical standards and specification criteria, as well as safety standards.
Subsequent research will seek to verify the conceptual model and quantify the relative importance of the barriers to adoption. This research will therefore inform future strategies for overcoming barriers to innovation and encouraging the adoption of this sustainable technology.