The Decentralized and Networked Future of Value Creation

3D Printing and its Implications for Society, Industry, and Sustainable Development

  • Jan-Peter Ferdinand
  • Ulrich Petschow
  • Sascha Dickel

Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jan-Peter Ferdinand, Ulrich Petschow, Sascha Dickel
    Pages 1-6
  3. Economies of 3D Printing–Reorganizing Manufacturing

  4. Communities of 3D Printing–Makers, Entrepreneurs, Outlaws

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Peter Troxler
      Pages 109-127
    3. Robin P. G. Tech, Jan-Peter Ferdinand, Martina Dopfer
      Pages 129-145
  5. Futures of 3D Printing–Trajectories and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Sascha Dickel, Jan-Felix Schrape
      Pages 163-178
    3. Jan-Peter Ferdinand, Heike Flämig, Ulrich Petschow, Michael Steinfeldt, Anton Worobei
      Pages 205-235

About this book


This book identifies, analyzes and discusses the current trends of digitalized, decentralized, and networked physical value creation by focusing on the particular example of 3D printing. In addition to evaluating 3D printing’s disruptive potentials against a broader economic background, it also addresses the technology’s potential impacts on sustainability and emerging modes of bottom-up and community-based innovation.  Emphasizing these topics from economic, technical, social and environmental perspectives, the book offers a multifaceted overview that scrutinizes the scenario of a fundamental transition: from a centralized to a far more decentralized system of value creation. 


3d printing FabLabs collaborative production decentralized manufacturing future of manufacturing maker movement sustainable manufacturing

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan-Peter Ferdinand
    • 1
  • Ulrich Petschow
    • 2
  • Sascha Dickel
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst for Ecological Economy ResearchBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Inst for Ecological Economy ResearchBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Friedrich Schiedel-Lehrstuhl WissenTech Univ MünchenMünchenGermany

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