User Involvement in Additive Manufacturing: a Quantitative Study

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School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
Date
2019
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Mcode
Degree programme
(Mikkeli) Bachelor’s Program in International Business
Language
en
Pages
35
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Objectives The main objectives of this study were to find and measure the factors affecting how consumers intend to utilise additive manufacturing and to analyse how consumers can be involved in additive manufacturing activities with businesses, keeping in mind the opportunities and weaknesses of the technology. Summary Opportunities and weaknesses of additive manufacturing as well as opportunities for user involvement were examined in light of existing literature, while a quantitative survey was used to measure the factors that influence consumer 3D (three-dimensional) printing adoption. Conclusions The research showed 3D printing use of consumers is positively influenced by the technology having benefits for consumers, easy-to-use products and support being available, and 3D printing products having a good value. Consequently, these factors help consumers to co-create or co-design products with companies or utilise 3D printing in entrepreneurial capacity.
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Grinsted, Susan
Keywords
additive manufacturing, 3D printing, user involvement, consumers, co-creation
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