Filippo Fontana was born in Lugano, Switzerland in 1987. I conceived a bachelor in mechanical engineering at the ETH Zurich and a master degree in management technologies and economics with a focus on logistics, operations and supply chain management. During my master thesis I approached the topic of additive manufacturing by investigating its disruptive potential in the field of spare parts management on behalf of a global logistic service provider.
Following some projects in the field, it was soon clear, that introducing Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the technology portfolio of a firm is not an easy task and many companies struggle in the process. Major issues are: spotting suitable applications, and selecting the appropriate technologies. Within my research I tackle this problem by investigating at what stages of a firm value chain Additive Manufacturing can be leveraged to create value for both the adopting company and its customers. For this purpose I focus on the effects AM adoption has on both New Product Development Process and Supply Chain. I gather my data by running projects in collaboration with several Industrial partners in Switzerland.