3D printing: On its historical evolution and the implications for business

Elizabeth Matias, Bharat Rao

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    Abstract

    Additive manufacturing technologies have gained prominence in the recent past, and are increasingly entering the mainstream. Extant research on these technologies is typically focused on the mechanics, and user analysis is largely theoretical. Minimal applied research exists regarding why these technologies transform underlying business models, and how users (both business and consumer) approach them as they consider adoption. In this paper, we briefly describe the historical evolution of additive manufacturing technologies, highlight current 3D printing applications in both the consumer and business markets, and evaluate current skill sets of business users and potential consumers. We identify five factors that may affect users' understanding of 3D printing technologies, thereby influencing users' likelihood of adoption. The results from an exploratory study are then presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPICMET 2015 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology
    Subtitle of host publicationManagement of the Technology Age, Proceedings
    EditorsTugrul U. Daim, Dilek Cetindamar Kozanoglu, Dundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson, Gary Perman, Kiyoshi Niwa
    PublisherPortland State University
    Pages551-558
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781890843328
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 21 2015
    EventPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2015 - Portland, United States
    Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 6 2015

    Publication series

    NamePortland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
    Volume2015-September

    Other

    OtherPortland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2015
    CountryUnited States
    CityPortland
    Period8/2/158/6/15

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)
    • Strategy and Management

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