PAS 6001 Guidance to assessing the business case for 3D manufacturing

PAS 6001:2020

Factors to be considered in making and assessing the business case for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Guide

Status : Current   Published : October 2020


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What is PAS 6001:2020 about?

UK manufacturing companies have become increasingly interested in 3D printing (3DP) in the last 10 years, and this is now matched by their interest in additive manufacturing (AM). However it’s difficult for chief financial officers and directors to make well-founded decisions for the adoption of this technology. PAS 6001 tackles this problem by providing a guide to assessing the business case for AM/3DP, written in the language of finance business professionals.

Who is PAS 6001:2020 for?

  • Senior business leaders assessing the business case and those with financial responsibility, e.g. CFOs, CEO, FDs and MDs
  • Those making the business case, e.g. CTOs, engineering managers, Lean manufacturing managers, production engineering managers
  • Sales staff within 3D printing technology vendors
  • Academics and research institutes looking to acquire 3DP technology

The PAS will likely be used in the following sectors:

  • High value manufacturing
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Oil & gas
  • Petrochemical and pharmaceutical manufacture
  • Power generation, utilities and energy
  • Domestic appliances and FMCG
  • Process industries

Why should you use PAS 6001:2020?

This PAS is designed to provide guidance to an audience of chief executives, chief financial officers and strategy directors within companies of all sizes, who wish to explore or assess the business case for the adoption of AM/3DP for the production or repair of end-use products, systems and services.

The insight provided enables users to understand where AM/3DP can contribute to top-line business growth, bottom-line profitability and productivity improvement.

The PAS considers how to build the most appropriate supply chain and how to quantify the broader social, environmental and economic benefits of the technology.

It considers the impact of AM/3DP technology adoption both internally and externally, including investment, risk, skills, change management and customer expectation.

The benefit of PAS 6001 is that it’s written in the language of financial business professionals and considers all the primary financial and organizational implications of either investing in AM/3DP hardware or in developing an external supply chain.

NOTE: This PAS does not cover the business case for Rapid Prototyping (RP) or digital product development.

 PAS 6001:2020 contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, principally because it can help foster the adoption of innovative technology. 

Standard NumberPAS 6001:2020
TitleFactors to be considered in making and assessing the business case for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Guide
Publication Date31 October 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN ISO/ASTM 52911-2, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52901, BS EN ISO 17296-2, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52907, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52921, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52910, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52902, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52911-1, ISO/ASTM WD 52925, BS EN ISO 27547-1, ISO/TS 10303-1835, BS EN ISO 17296-3, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52903-1, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52904, BS EN ISO/ASTM 52900:2017
DescriptorsPrinting, Printing materials, Printing equipment, Manufacturing, Business continuity
ISBN978 0 539 04310 5
File Size5.176 MB

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