Business models with additive manufacturing - Opportunities and challenges from the perspective of economics and management
Publication typeBook Chapter
BookAdvances in Production Technology. Lecture Notes in Production Engineering
Publication Begin page39
Publication End page48
Publication Number of pages10
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AbstractTechnological innovation has frequently been shown to systematically change market structure and value creation. Additive manufacturing (AM), or, colloquially 3D printing, is such a disruptive technology (Berman 2012; Vance 2012). Economic analysis of AM still is scarce and has predominantly focused on production cost or other firm level aspects (e.g., Mellor et al. 2014; Petrovic et al. 2011; Ruffo and Hague 2007), but has neglected the study of AM on value creation and market structure. In this paper, we want to discuss the economic effects of AM on the locus of innovation and production. This is why we first review some current business models that successfully use AM as a source of value creation. Being a potential disruptive influence on market structures, we then discuss how AM may enable a more local production by users, supplementing the recent development of an upcoming infrastructure for innovating users and “Makers”.
KeywordTechnological Innovation, Human factors in Production Technology, Individualized Production, Integrative Production Technology, Self-optimizing Production Systems, Virtual Production System
Knowledge Domain/IndustryInnovation Management
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