Implications of additive manufacturing applications for industrial design profession from the perspective of industrial designers

Alpay, Efe
The purpose of this study was to investigate the implications of additive manufacturing on industrial design profession and designers through an explorative study. Through a literature survey, implications of additive manufacturing technologies on industrial designers and industrial design profession were explored. Expanding literature survey with on-line searches, several experimental and commercial application examples of rapid manufacturing of products were identified. These identified examples were then used for a qualitative evaluation on the implications of additive manufacturing for the industrial design profession and designers through semi-structured interviews conducted with seven professional industrial designers having experience with rapid manufacturing in Istanbul Turkey. The research concluded with significant implications of additive manufacturing having the potential to cause paradigm shifts in industrial designer’s role, definition of the profession and design process. The conclusions derived include suggestions to exploit the potential brought by these technologies and their applications.


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Citation Formats
E. Alpay, “Implications of additive manufacturing applications for industrial design profession from the perspective of industrial designers,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2012.