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Networks of Innovation in 3D Printing


Harris Kyriakou


Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management

Steven Englehardt


Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management

Jeffrey V. Nickerson


Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management

August 20, 2012

Workshop on Information in Networks, 2012

Abstract:     
Innovation inside companies is difficult to see. But an emerging online community of inventors who publicly post 3D CAD drawings of their work provide a way to observe – and perhaps amplify – innovation. In this paper we analyze the network structure of Thingiverse, a website oriented toward 3D printing. This form of printing blurs the line between creating information and manufacturing objects: drawings can be sent to devices that build 3D objects out of many materials, including resin, ceramics, and metal [1]. As an exploratory study, we analyzed the structure of Thingiverse links. Our results suggest that analysis of remix network structure may provide ways of tracing innovation processes and detecting the emergence of new ideas, combination of disparate ideas.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Networks of Innovation, User-generated-content, User-LED design, Innovation diffusion, Innovation, Mass collaboration, Open innovation

JEL Classification: O3, O31, O32

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Date posted: September 13, 2012 ; Last revised: April 7, 2014

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Kyriakou, Harris and Englehardt, Steven and Nickerson, Jeffrey V., Networks of Innovation in 3D Printing (August 20, 2012). Workshop on Information in Networks, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2146080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2146080

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Harris Kyriakou (Contact Author)
Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management ( email )
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Steven Englehardt
Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management ( email )
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Jeffrey V. Nickerson
Stevens Institute of Technology - Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management ( email )
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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