Entrepreneurial activities in digital fabrication spaces (FabLabs)

Smith, Andrew D and Johns, Jennifer (2018) Entrepreneurial activities in digital fabrication spaces (FabLabs). [Data Collection]

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Our research investigated how perceptions of entrepreneurial opportunities in a digital fabrication space, the Manchester FabLab. Methods: Between July 2015 and May 2016 we conducted 30 interviews in the Manchester FabLab and used participate observation to note how entrepreneurs and others in the FabLab used the space, the equipment and interacted with each other. Results: We found that the use of historical analogy varied by type of entrepreneur and we present a typology of users. Conclusions: Historical analogy has shaped the thinking of many actors involved in fab technology.

Keywords: FabLabs; digital fabrication; 3D printers; Manchester; entrepreneurship
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > University of Liverpool Management School
Depositing User: Andrew Smith
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 14:06
URI: http://datacat.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/623

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