Can a technology turn (also) into a symbol? The 3D printers case Online publication date: Thu, 13-Aug-2020
by Claudio Fassio; Luca Grilli
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 82, No. 3/4, 2020
Abstract: The 3D printing industry has been recently affected by two events: the fact that open source (OS) business models are getting momentum, and the widespread diffusion of the Maker Movement. We argue that 3D printers can be conceptualised as innovations which embody both technological and symbolic aspects. If innovations of the first type are solely adopted for their technical utility, innovations which have also symbolic connotation may confer a new social meaning to an item. By analysing an international sample of 3D printer users, we highlight that adoption of 3D proprietary printers are driven by technologically-rooted considerations, while adherence to the Maker Movement is a key factor behind the adoption of 3D OS printers.
Online publication date: Thu, 13-Aug-2020
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