Fabbers develop new business models
Peter Troxler will give a presentation on December 4th, 2017.
3D printing, scanning, laser cutting and more – digital manufacturing technologies are widely considered to be a prelude to the next industrial revolution.
The 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Niederrhein features events designed to not only introduce digital fabrication technologies to new audiences, but also present cutting-edge developments in the field and discuss their current and future relevance for business and society. Our ‘FabTalks’ are open presentations of interregional importance given by experts in the international FabLab network. On the 4th of December Peter Troxler will be our guest with his presentation of how “Fabbers develop new business models”.
Peter Troxler is an independent researcher at the intersection of business administration, society and technology. Currently, his main focus is investigating and developing business models of open source anything – design, hardware, inventions – and the corresponding formats and ecologies of innovation and co-creation.
When fabbers design their own business models, earning money is not the only central aspect. Rather, engaging with the wider community is important, too, as a recent study showed. This means that fabbers on the one hand try to accommodate community rules in their business models. On the other hand, the study showed that fabbers don’t only see their customers as belonging to a community, but also their suppliers, employees and even competitors. Fabbers develop new ways to share and exchange goods, services and knowledge as peers.