The Emergence of 3D Printing Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Choi, Jongmin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Public Policy
  • The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate 3D printing that is expected to provide a foundation for long-term and sustainable economic growth from a policy perspective. This dissertation first explores how 3D printing transforms traditional manufacturing and how it influences regional economies. It then provides a novel approach for how 3D printing invention is identified according to patent data created between 1985 and 2013 filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). From the unique dataset, this dissertation offers ample empirical evidence on the geographic diffusion of 3D printing, the key locations of inventive activity in 3D printing, the major groups of developing 3D printing, and user firms and their industrial sectors. Using the dataset, this dissertation empirically demonstrates how 3D printing diffuses across the 366 United States (U.S.) metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and how MSAs construct a competitive advantage for 3D printing of user firms. The results from two models show the role of industrial structure in the diffusion of 3D printing and the role of universities, individual inventors, and 3D printer manufacturers in establishing a competitive advantage for 3D printing. Overall, this dissertation contributes to the theoretical and empirical understanding of the process by which a region is successful in developing emerging technology by highlighting regional conditions and capability for the successful introduction of emerging technology and the importance of multiple actors for the construction of a competitive advantage.
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  • Gitterman, Daniel
  • Lester, T. William
  • Lowe, Nichola
  • Feldman, Maryann
  • Moulton, Jeremy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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