Industry 4.0 and The Sharing Economy

  • Robert ShortenEmail author
  • John Oliver
  • Deirdre Clayton
  • Ammar Malik
  • Hugo Lhachemi


We discuss the rise of manufacturing-at-the-edge in the context of the sharing economy. Some of the disruptive forces giving rise to edge manufacturing are discussed. As well as presenting some of the pressing open technical questions, many societal issues, and the unintended consequence of prosumer based societies are discussed.


Additive manufacturing 3D-printing Sharing economy 



This work is supported in part by a research grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number 16/RC/3872 and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. RS was also partially supported by SFI grant—16/IA/4610.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Shorten
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Oliver
    • 2
  • Deirdre Clayton
    • 2
  • Ammar Malik
    • 2
  • Hugo Lhachemi
    • 2
  1. 1.Dyson School of Design EngineeringImperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University College DublinDublinIreland

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