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3D Printing Technology Diffusion: A Revolution or an Illusion?

3D Printing Technology Diffusion: A Revolution or an Illusion?
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Author(s): Kemal Yayla (Ege University, Turkey), Basak Ozdemir (Independent Researcher, Turkey), Serhat Burmaoglu (Izmir Katip Celebi University, Turkey) and Haydar Yalcin (Izmir Katip Celebi University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Additive Manufacturing: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9624-0.ch020

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Abstract

3D printing technology has been considered one of the most potentially groundbreaking technologies for the future, as the customer expectations, market requirements, and the competition grows in a global scale. In order to understand the potential effect of 3D printing technology and if it is a disruptive innovation that will change the traditional manufacturing paradigm, it is essential to examine the diffusion of knowledge in this area. In this study, 3D printing technology has been reviewed and patent analysis regarding 3D printing technology has been conducted in order to understand the diffusion of 3D printing technology. The results of the patent analysis indicate that the diffusion of 3D printing technology which is represented by the patents of four key methods not expected to fit with Bass diffusion model. According to the findings, it can be concluded that 3D printing technologies are in a situation where a state of maturity has not been reached, yet the growth still continues.

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