SmartMaaS: a framework for smart manufacturing-as-a-service

Sakil Barbhuiya, Dimitrios Nikolopoulos, Mark Price, Trevor Robinson, Declan Nolan, Wei Zhang, Stephen Kyle

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With the advancement of information and communication technology, manufacturing organisations are adopting digital manufacturing more than ever before. This gives rise to cloud-based manufacturing through which manufacturers can sell their production capabilities as an on-demand service termed as Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS), instead of selling pre-defined products. Existing MaaS providers (e.g. online 3D printing providers) offer manufacturing customised products. But, customers have more demanding needs, such as rapid turnaround time, quality product, innovative design, etc. To meet such requirements, a Smart Manufacturing-as-a-Service (SmartMaaS) framework has been developed. In order to deliver efficient products at optimal cost, SmartMaaS can take smart actions such as negotiating with manufacturing centres (e.g. 3D printers) with respect to their availability, turnaround time, manufacturing cost, etc. In this paper, SmartMaaS is introduced and demonstrated via a prototype that is capable of accepting customers’ product request in the form of “design genes” and manufacturing 3D printed products through an actor-based system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2019: Proceedings
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
EditionAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2019
Event17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sept 201912 Sept 2019
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameAdvances in Manufacturing Technology XXXIII
PublisherIOS Press


Conference17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
Abbreviated titleICMR 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Manufacturing-as-a-Service
  • Cloud manufacturing
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Collaborative manufacturing
  • Actor-based manufacturing


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