The development of affordable, quality, consumer grade 3D printers has allowed entrepreneurs to develop new products and start small businesses. As the print quality of consumer grade printers has improved entrepreneurs have been able to develop consumer quality products without the traditional expense of mass manufacturing. This change from mass manufacturing to small scale and custom production has allowed for the growth of small businesses. Websites such as www.etsy.com show hundreds of small businesses based on 3D printing, these businesses showcase thousands of products ranging from useful household items to cosplay.
This thesis covers the process of a small business developing, manufacturing, and marketing a niche product. 3D printing was utilized to develop and produce a product, along with expanding the products market requiring mass manufacturing.
|Commitee:||Agarwal, Kuldeep, Petersen, Harry|
|School:||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|Department:||Manufacturing Engineering Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Engineering, Industrial engineering|
|Keywords:||3D printing, Manufacturing|
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