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Networks of Innovation in 3D Printing

Workshop on Information in Networks, 2012

4 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2012 Last revised: 7 Apr 2014

Harris Kyriakou

IESE Business School

Steven Englehardt

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Jeffrey V. Nickerson

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

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Date Written: August 20, 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.

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

JEL Classification: O3, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2146080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2146080

Harris Kyriakou (Contact Author)

IESE Business School ( email )

Avenida Pearson 21
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Steven Englehardt

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Jeffrey V. Nickerson

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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