The emergence of the Digital Fabrication industry: Domains, applications, and key technology challenges


Potstada, Michael ; Parandian, Alireza ; Zybura, Jan


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/36607
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-366073
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Mittelstandsforschung u. Entrepreneurship (Woywode)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Keywords (English): digital fabrication , industry emergence , technology promises & expectations , evolution , Diginova consortium , key technology challenges
Abstract: Novelties created by newly emerging sciences and technologies also capture a substantial amount of promises around their transformative character. Promises and resulting expectations concerning performance and applications but also regarding the impact of new technology on society arise. Key features of emerging industries are high uncertainty, different stakeholder groups that are involved in different phases of development and a strong need for management through these phases. In the context of this innovation ecology, interaction between science and industry is an important aspect to consider. This is usually easier conceptualized as put into practice. Decisions about which technological areas to focus on and to invest in have to be made before marketable technologies or products emerge. Prioritizing a key application field relevant to a disruptive technological domain thus poses significant challenges. In this paper, we first describe how consensus on the most pressing and high potential domains and applications in digital fabrication was reached in a consortium-based approach. What is more, we can show at hand of stakeholder survey results what the future expectations are regarding the maturity of the respective applications. In a next step, we bring key technology challenges (KTCs) into the picture and argue for varying pressures to overcome them along the industry emergence process. This allows both practitioners and researchers to see how the challenges of an emerging field can be addressed with context-driven strategic intelligence.

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