Digital manufacturing - Napster fabbing: Internet delivery of physical products

  • Burns M
  • Howison J
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Abstract

This paper examines the potential impact of P2P file-sharing on manufacturing industries. It introduces `fabbers' which are 3d printers used today in rapid prototyping new products. It describes the impact of P2P file-sharing on the music industry and the industries responses to file-sharing. The paper identifies a nascent file-sharing community through an empirical analysis of the rapid-prototyping mailing list and argues that manufacturing industries will face similar challenges to those being faced today by the music and film industries.

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  • M. Burns

  • J. Howison

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