Networks of Innovation in 3D Printing

5 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 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: July 30, 2014

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.

Suggested Citation

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

Harris Kyriakou (Contact Author)

IESE Business School ( email )

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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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