Masters Theses


"This thesis presents an effective cost model for the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process used in additive manufacturing practices. The various factors that influence the total cost of a build on both small and large frame machines are discussed. These attributes, which include labor and overhead rates, material costs, and process times, combine to generate the driving force behind a manufacturer's decision to use the small or large SLS machine for mass production. By developing and evaluating a current state value stream map for the small SLS machine, a financial analysis of the SLS process can be performed. By assigning a cost or rate to each of the steps in the SLS process, a total cost is calculated. Additionally, this thesis presents a functional Microsoft Excel tool that determines the total cost of a particular build in the small or large SLS machine when the user inputs the necessary information. This thesis uses information from published documents on SLS, papers and books written about effective cost modeling, value stream mapping, activity-based costing, and build time data recorded on-site in order to produce the tool that calculates the total cost of a build"--Abstract, page iii.


Cudney, Elizabeth A.

Committee Member(s)

Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)
Gosavi, Abhijit


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2010


viii, 70 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-69).


© 2010 Emily Marie Tucker, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Value analysis (Cost control)
Manufacturing processes -- Economic aspects -- Mathematical models
Activity-based costing

Thesis Number

T 10223

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