Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2013


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Engineering and Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 520


The recent innovation of 3D printing offers the competitive conditions for displacing existing businesses by growing a new industry and the new businesses therein. The world has seen a 400% increase in additive manufacturing revenue in the past 10 years. There is an estimated 320 million Global manufacturing workers throughout diverse and complex supply chains combining for an $11 trillion Global manufacturing GDP [5]. 3D-Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers, has doubled their R&D investment in just the last two years [11]. Economically disruptive technologies have historically been responsible for several technology-based business failures. On the contrary, these technologies have also seeded new businesses and their exponential growth [29]. Successful technology managers must identify these discontinuous innovations and analyze their potential before they wield their discontinuous powers within the global economy. This report will attempt to identify how 3D printing is projected to create discontinuous impacts and what businesses are doing to incorporate this disruptive potential through the scope of the 3D printing technology businesses, traditional manufacturing industries, and service providers.


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