A Framework for 3d Printing

Alan Pilkington, Thomas Frandsen, Chrystalla Kapetaniou, Alison Rieple

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3D printing technologies and processes offer such a radical range of options for firms that we currently lack a structured way of recording possible impact and recommending actions for managers. The changes arising from 3d printing includes more than just new options for product design, but also shifts in the manufacturing eco-system and choices for restructuring competitive dynamics. We review many existing cases and developed a taxonomy capable of capturing the many areas of impact. The taxonomy draws on Pavitt’s identification of industry types, combined with Castellacci’s more recent servicemanufacturing sectors which includes external sources and more open business models.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 24th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2017: Inspiring Operations Management - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
Conference number: 24


ConferenceThe 24th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2017
LocationHeriot-Watt University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • 3D printing
  • Industrial taxonomy
  • Competitive dynamics

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