3D Printing : Challenging Existing Business Models
Hämäläinen, M., & Ojala, A. (2017). 3D Printing : Challenging Existing Business Models. In A. Khare, B. Stewart, & R. Schatz (Eds.), Phantom Ex Machina : Digital Disruption’s Role in Business Model Transformation (pp. 163-174). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44468-0_10
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Technologies labelled as “disruptive” challenge conventional business procedures. The development of 3D printing technology and additive manufacturing (AM) is expected to transform product design and manufacturing. 3D printing technology makes it possible to produce complex and unique physical products from digitally designed CAD models. It is estimated that the effects of 3D printing on business will be diverse and far‐reaching. Hence, it is vital for business owners to observe how 3D printing may impact on business models and business networks, considering also the effects on stakeholders’ value propositions and on value creation. This paper reports on the potential impact of 3D printing technology on business models within the metal and machinery industries.