3D printing community and emerging practices of peer production

  • Jarkko Moilanen School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
  • Tere Vadén Aalto University, Helsinki
Keywords: 3D printing, community, open source, peer production

Abstract

Based on the results of a 2012 survey on people doing 3D printing, we present results on the demographics and self-identification of the community, as well as describing participants' printing activity. Combining results from the survey with insights from research literature, we analyse emerging patterns and practices of 3D printing as a subdivision of a more general trend of physical peer production, and, even, of a revolution in manufacturing, as predicted by several theorists.

Author Biographies

Jarkko Moilanen, School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere
PhD student, School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland.
Tere Vadén, Aalto University, Helsinki
Professor, Department of Art, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
Published
2013-07-30
How to Cite
Moilanen, J., & Vadén, T. (2013). 3D printing community and emerging practices of peer production. First Monday, 18(8). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i8.4271