A Multidimensional Ecosystem for the 3D Printing Industry
and its Potential Effects
Qun Ren*, Margaret Ross*, Shifeng Yu**, Yuan Li*, Minghua Zhao*
Southampton Solent University, UK*
East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China**
Abstract: 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique which has unique features to transform a digital design file into a physical product, and is changing the world profoundly. The paper aims to explore the essence of a multi-dimensional ecosystem by examining how 3D printing skills are reshaping the world from the perspectives of technology-oriented innovation and social innovation. This paper will introduce the essence of additive manufacturing, not only from the view of technology revolution, but also relating to the social innovation framework. As well as the business model, other elements such as legal systems and social thought and consciousness are discussed.The paper identifies and analyses thevisible process of operation in 3D printing.The paper proposes a new framework after focusing on the investigation of sub-level dimensions, such as, Productivity, Biological Adjustment and Science Cognisance. The paper includes discussion of the relationship between technology innovation and social innovation based on the 3D technology development. Current and proposed future applications are considered, including medical and fashion.
Keywords: 3D printing, AM, multidimensional ecosystem, innovation.