5 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 30, 2014
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.
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Kyriakou, Harris and Englehardt, Steven and Nickerson, Jeffrey V., Networks of Innovation in 3D Printing (July 30, 2014). Howe School Research Paper No. 2014-38. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2474219 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2474219