Fabricating futures and the movement of objects

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Abstract


  • This paper assesses possible futures concerning so-called 3D printing in relation

    to socio-technical systems and consumption and production. Drawing on an Economic

    and Social Research Council funded project, the paper details the results of research exploring

    possible futures of the manufacturing industry and impacts upon the transport of objects.

    Such ‘printing’, or ‘personal fabrication’, could permit many objects to be produced near to

    or even by consumers themselves on just-in-time ‘printing’ machines. Widely known about in

    engineering and design, the impacts of these technologies on social practices and transport

    have yet to be much examined by social science. These technologies may become as ubiquitous

    as networked computers, with consequences just as significant. The paper reports on

    this recent research that seeks to understand some economic, social and environmental

    implications of what may be a major new socio-technical system currently in the making

    and which might have major consequences for the trajectory of the twenty-first century.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. & Urry, J. (2013). Fabricating futures and the movement of objects. Mobilities, 8 (3), 388-405.

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  • 2-s2.0-84880952663

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1834&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/829

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Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 388

End Page


  • 405

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This paper assesses possible futures concerning so-called 3D printing in relation

    to socio-technical systems and consumption and production. Drawing on an Economic

    and Social Research Council funded project, the paper details the results of research exploring

    possible futures of the manufacturing industry and impacts upon the transport of objects.

    Such ‘printing’, or ‘personal fabrication’, could permit many objects to be produced near to

    or even by consumers themselves on just-in-time ‘printing’ machines. Widely known about in

    engineering and design, the impacts of these technologies on social practices and transport

    have yet to be much examined by social science. These technologies may become as ubiquitous

    as networked computers, with consequences just as significant. The paper reports on

    this recent research that seeks to understand some economic, social and environmental

    implications of what may be a major new socio-technical system currently in the making

    and which might have major consequences for the trajectory of the twenty-first century.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. & Urry, J. (2013). Fabricating futures and the movement of objects. Mobilities, 8 (3), 388-405.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880952663

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1834&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/829

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 388

End Page


  • 405

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom