The new Industrial Revolution: manufacturing with 3D Printers and Polymer Materials in an Economy of Design, Innovation and Intellectual Property
- *Corresponding Author:
- Lucas Agudiez Roitman
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University, USA
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Received date: November 29, 2016; Accepted date: December 12, 2016; Published date: December 16, 2016
Citation: Lucas Roitman, Shanks M (2016) The new Industrial Revolution: manufacturing with 3D printers and Polymer Materials in an Economy of Design, Innovation and Intellectual Property Int J Econ Manag Sci 6:391. doi: 10.4172/2162-6359.1000391
Copyright: © 2016 Lucas Roitman. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In this paper, we analyze the function and applications of a 3D printer in the context of a modern economic landscape. While other papers delve into the topic of printers in which users can download 3D models from various websites and replicate them, they do so on a surface level. This paper delves deeply in the potential economic changes that these devices could create. Unlike in regular manufacturing, these objects, made mainly from plastic material, can have internal gears and pieces that make a fully working mechanical product, without the need to assemble the individual parts into a larger contraption, and have been used even for the creation of fire weapons. We discuss the implications in regulation and control of the population and their creations.