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Social practices of 3D printing: decentralising control, and reconfiguring regulation

Heemsbergen, Luke, Fordyce, Robbie, Nansen, Bjorn, Apperley, Thomas, Arnold, Mike and Birtchnell, Thomas 2016, Social practices of 3D printing: decentralising control, and reconfiguring regulation, Australian journal of telecommunications and the digital economy, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 110-125, doi: 10.18080/ajtde.v4n3.64.

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Title Social practices of 3D printing: decentralising control, and reconfiguring regulation
Author(s) Heemsbergen, Luke
Fordyce, Robbie
Nansen, Bjorn
Apperley, Thomas
Arnold, Mike
Birtchnell, Thomas
Journal name Australian journal of telecommunications and the digital economy
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 110
End page 125
Total pages 16
Publisher Telecommunication Society of Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-09-29
ISSN 2203-1693
Summary This paper considers the social practices of 3D printing by comparing consumer perspectives and practices with legal scholarship on intellectual property regimes. The paper draws on data gained through a mixed-methods approach involving participant observation, focus groups, and social network analysis of 3D printing file-sharing practices. It finds that while consumers display a level of naivety about their 3D printing rights and responsibilities, they possess a latent understanding about broader digital economies that guide their practices. We suggest that the social practices associated with 3D printing function through communication networks to decentralise manufacture and reconfigure legal capacities for regulation. The paper concludes by introducing nascent paths forward for policy frames across industry, government and consumer concern to address the opportunities and challenges of 3D printing’s evolving interface with society.
Language eng
DOI 10.18080/ajtde.v4n3.64
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30105177

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