Attempt to look for answers to research question

Previously I had been focusing on the product research, not really the research question. I couldn’t find any sources that’s only about creativity, instead the sources talk about what 3D printer can potentially change the future (which is also related to creativity). I’ll include my findings here.

Source 1: http://www.slideshare.net/PauMallol1/creativity-and-3d-printing-by-inkonova-stockholm-22-jan-2015

“3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

– Barak Obama

Main advantages of 3D printing:

  • Design freedom
  • Stimulates innovation and invention, creativity
  • Much less waste material than traditional methods
  • Very efficient for optimized shapes.

Creativity and 3D printing

  • Unique and exclusive design
    • More personalised design
  • Printed in extreme high-detail
  • Unlimited geometry complexity
    • Complex designs can be made rapidly, and can be quickly altered and produced to fully satisfied the client wishes.

Beside that, this slideshow has some examples of creativity in 3D printing. Such as art sculptures, fashion designs, accessories.


Source 2: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/11/3d-printing-not-yet-a-new-industrial-revolution-but-its-impact-will-be-huge

This source starts with an interesting analogy, about how music was a physical item where now it becomes files that can be easily shared and edited. The author believes that this phenomenon will repeat. It makes sense because 3D printing had already changed our world because of its wider range of application, from auto parts and prototypes to human skin and organs. This source talks about the possible change of the world in the future. Although this is not exactly related to ‘creativity’.


Source 3: https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/technology-and-society/3d-printing-blank-canvas-creativity

This source talks about how 3D printing is applied on art and design.

Widrig, designer of the first 3D-printed dress, chose to create a 4-meter-long spiraling wall sculpture based on a series of digital images showing a figure in motion. Due to its size, the work had to be created in three pieces and invisibly bound together.

However, this source only talks about the 3D printshow in London. It did not really answer my question. Though I can use some testimonies from this website to show how 3D printing techniques can be applied on art and design.


Source 4: http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2013/02/article_0004.html

This source talks about the application of 3D printing in different fields, such as automotive and aerospace sector, medicine… etc. The section on mass personalization and unleashing innovative potential is useful for answering my question.

consumers are unlikely to print what is readily available in the stores, when it comes to making personalized objects, gadgets or irreplaceable parts, the scope for 3-D printing applications is limitless.

“3-D printing is providing a platform for collaboration that is accelerating innovation and disruption of the material world, just as the Internet fostered collaboration, innovation and disruption in the digital world.”

Traditional manufacturing requires high levels of capital investment and large-volume product runs. By significantly reducing capital outlay, costs and commercial risks, 3-D printing can make it easier for anyone to be part of the manufacturing process and test their ideas.

These can be useful when I answer my question.


Source 5: http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printing-toys-2014-8

I found this source that’s related to 3D printing and toys. It makes sense that 3D printing will have a large impact on toy industries because 3D printing enables creativity and toys are mostly made in plastic. Which means that 3D printer can make it.

Kids used to have a fairly limited choice when buying their own My Little Pony. No more. Imagine getting to decide exactly what color your pony’s hair is. Or what the saddle looks like. Now kids can customize their own unique toy, thanks to the innovations of 3D printing.

“I think children have a creative need to try to do something different so I think 3D printing with the capability of scanning or taking input from digital data makes it relatively simple to do customization of the product,” Jon Cobb

But besides for creativity, it also speeds up and simplifies the manufacturing process of making toys, which in turn lowers the cost.

3D printing has many benefits for the toy industry. It reduces the cost and unleashes the children’s creativity.


Source 6: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/3d-printing-more-accessible-than-you-think-touseef-mirza

This source has some parts that’s useful. I’ve copied the main ideas down.

the freedom to create…… “Empower Creators”…… fast, wondrous omni-utilitarian tool…… over 5000 schools in the U.S. have 3D printers.

The author mentioned several important factors related to my topic. Although it’s not specific enough to support the views, because the author didn’t explain why.

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