Babak Kianian, M.Sc.            

Research Engineer with special emphasis on Digital Fabrication, Additive Manufacturing Technologies and 3D Printing.

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Short Biography:


Babak Kianian earned an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a major study in Sustainable Product-Service Systems Innovation from Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Karlskrona, Sweden in 2012, and he earned an B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a major study in Solid Design from Azad University, Science & Research Branch, Tehran, Iran in 2009.

Babak has commenced his education and career around Additive Manufacturing (e.g. 3D Printing) since 2010 starting with his M.Sc. thesis work, which was focused on resource consumption of additive manufacturing technology. He shortly after that joined the Mechanical Engineering Department (TIMA) in BTH as a project assistant and research engineer with special focus on Digital Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing.

His background in Product-Service Systems (PSS) is center around design and operation of modern production systems, which deliver combinations of goods, services and information. During his M.Sc. education Babak has extensively worked with different methods in the fields of design thinking and need-finding to design combinations of tangible products and intangible services to provide value to end customers. He has also had a focus on strategic management and sustainability during his M.Sc. degree. This gave him an insight into the strategic planning process of organizations, which wish to position themselves to benefit from global trends and threats relating to sustainability. From this perspective his recent research at BTH points towards the strategic gap in the manufacturing and design sectors within Sweden.

Recent Book Contributions:

1. Innovation and Entreprenuership in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization.

2. Green Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes.

3. The Philosopher’s Stone of Sustainability.

 Strategic Responsibilities:

Master’s Programme in Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation (MSPI)

  • Course Lead, MSPI Programme Coordinator.
  • Course and student evaluation and on-going improvement.
  • Support delivery, development and evaluation of MSPI program.

Product Development Research Lab (PDRL)

  • Research Assistant: Research in the field of Digital Fabrication & Additive Manufacturing Technology (3D Printing, 3D Scanning).


  • Systems Engineering - SE (MT2504): Teaching Assistant, delivery, development, course and student evaluation.
  • PSS Extreme Innovation (MT2509): Course and Student evaluation and on-going improvement.
  • Datorstöd i Ingenjörsarbete (MT1449): Teaching Assistant, delivery, development, course and student evaluation.


Babak's current area of interest is within the field of emerging technologies and specifically how technology and new manufacturing systems (e.g. Additive Manufacturing) can enable the Swedish production and design industries to become global pioneers and leaders within the emerging growth sectors of technology based entrepreneurship and knowledge intensive organizations. Babak believes that the integrated use of emerging technologies especially Additive Manufacturing can create jobs and increased value within Swedish startups and matured companies. His primary interest is to implement research to provide useful methods and tools for industries to maximize these benefits. 


  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).


Pending publications in italics

B. Kianian, S. Tavassoli, T.C. Larsson and O. Diegel (Forthcoming). The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in Sweden. 13th CIRP Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing-Decoupling Growth from Resource Use, September 16th-18th, 2015, Ho Chi Minh City & Binh Duong, Vietnam.

B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson (2015). Additive Manufacturing Technology Potential: A Cleaner Manufacturing Alternative. 20th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC). Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2015), August 2nd-5th, 2015, Boston, Masssachusetts, USA.

S. Tavassoli, B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson (2015). Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries. In C. Karlsson, B. Johansson, & R. Stough, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization'', Edward Elgar Publishing.

B. Kianian, S. Tavassoli, T.C. Larsson (2015). The Role of Additive Manufacturing Technology in job creation: an exploratory case study of suppliers of Additive Manufacturing in Sweden. 12th CIRP Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing - Emerging Potentials, September 22nd-24th, 2014, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

B. Kianian, T.C. Larsson, M.H. Tavassoli (2013). Manufacturing Renaissance: Return of manufacturing to western countries. 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, June 26-29th, 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. Green Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes. Taylor & Francis (ISBN: 978-1-138-00046-9).

N. Nopparat, B. Kianian, A.W. Thompson, and T.C. Larsson (2012). Resource Consumption in Additive Manufacturing with a PSS Approach. 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product Service Systems, Nov 8-9th, 2012, Tokyo, Japan. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, 2013, 357-362, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32847-3_60.

N. Nopparat, B. Kianian (2012). Resource Consumption of Additive Manufacturing Technology. Thesis submitted for completion of Master of Sustainable Product-Service System Innovation (MSPI), School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, June 2012, Karlskrona, Sweden.

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