The impact of 3D printing on small businesses and economic development: a case study of Southeast Asian countries

Smith, D and Kluegel, K 2013, 'The impact of 3D printing on small businesses and economic development: a case study of Southeast Asian countries', in D. Larso, D. Lantu and W. Dhewanto (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IICIES) [5th Edition], Bandung, Indonesia, 24-28 June 2013, pp. 363-372.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title The impact of 3D printing on small businesses and economic development: a case study of Southeast Asian countries
Author(s) Smith, D
Kluegel, K
Year 2013
Conference name IICIES 2013: Empowering Small Businesses to Grow and Thrive in the Global Market
Conference location Bandung, Indonesia
Conference dates 24-28 June 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 5th Indonesia International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IICIES) [5th Edition]
Editor(s) D. Larso, D. Lantu and W. Dhewanto
Publisher Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership (CIEL SBM ITB)
Place of publication Bandung, Indonesia
Start page 363
End page 372
Total pages 10
Abstract 3D Printing has the potential to radically change prevailing paradigms of design, manufacturing and distribution of products globally. This study attempts to forecast where this technology might lead to significant change.While Western countries developed ground-breaking technologies they learned to cope with subsequent seismic shocks to their socio-economic equilibriums. Developing nations and economies in transition, however, have to industrialize, reform their economic, social and political systems, and deal with external economic and technology shocks simultaneously. This paper considers risks and chances of 3D printing for South East Asian countries (SEA).Literature research, semi-structured interviews of local business leaders and international technology experts are used to address the following key questions: To what extent does 3D printing threaten and/or support export-led economies' development? What is the potential rate of substitution of SEA exports by products 3D printed in advanced target markets? Can competitive advantage in SEA's conventional manufacturing be maintained given increasing distribution costs and availability of low-cost 3D printers worldwide? How great is the new business opportunity for SEA companies to manufacture and export 3D printers? What are the macro-economic impacts of 3D printing for SEA?
Subjects Innovation and Technology Management
Economic Development and Growth
Keyword(s) 3D Printing
Additive Manufacturing
Economic Impact
Development Economics
South East Asia
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