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3D Printing: What does it o er and for whom?

Burak Karagöl ()
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Burak Karagöl: MPA candidate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

No 1502, STPS Working Papers from STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University

Abstract: This paper investigates 3D printing technology in a broad perspective by having a close look at its evolution, current and potential applications, and possible implications in both micro and macro levels. It also discusses existing and possible steps towards reaping the full benefits of this technology. 3D printing can provide valuable opportunities for manufacturing sector as well as in other areas including personal use. While 3D printing promises significant advantages for firms, it also brings about considerable threats for incumbents. Besides, 3D printing may trigger changes in national comparative advantages regarding manufacturing and design activities. By supporting adoption of 3D printing technology, countries can gain new opportunities in a wide range of areas.

Keywords: 3D; printers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-12, Revised 2015-12
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