Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Name

MS in Industrial Engineering

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Advisor

Tali Freed

Abstract

A screening experiment was paired with research observing the past, present and futures of additive manufacturing (a.k.a. rapid prototyping, 3D printing), radio frequency identification, and supply chain management. The experiment tested different properties of objects created with a desktop fused deposition modelling printer to observe if any single factors or interactions affected the read range of embedded passive UHF RFID inlay. The combination of material and infill percentage had a statistically significant effect on read range, however the analysis is weak since the data could not justify the normality assumption of ANOVA. Furthermore, the size of the effect was small enough to deny any practical difference. From the experiment and research, several presently capable interactions between AM and RFID were commented on. Future interactions between AM, RFID and SCM were also discussed, and a common relationship to physical objects was drawn.

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