3D printing system: an innovation for small-scale manufacturing in home settings? – early adopters of 3D printing systems in China

Wang, Qingfeng and Sun, Xu and Cobb, Sue and Lawson, Glyn and Sharples, Sarah (2016) 3D printing system: an innovation for small-scale manufacturing in home settings? – early adopters of 3D printing systems in China. International Journal of Production Research . pp. 1-16. ISSN 1366-588X

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Abstract

This study investigates Chinese consumers’ adoption of the innovative 3D printing systems for small-scale manufacturing in home settings. Empirical studies were conducted in a survey with 256 participants. The number of significant determinants that affect an individual’s decision to adopt 3D printing systems has been identified by applying a model that integrates the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT). A number of moderation effects of demographic variables (e.g. gender, design background) on the association between motivational variables and participants’ adoption have also been analysed with factor analysis, structural equation modelling and hierarchical regression. Our results shed some light on the characteristics of early adopters of home 3D printing systems in China. This study contributes to the early understanding of Chinese consumers’ adoption of innovative 3D printing systems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Production Research on 01/03/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207543.2016.1154211
Keywords: 3D printing systems, Moderation effect, Hierarchical regression, Structural equation modelling
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus > Faculty of Business > Nottingham University Business School China
University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Division of Engineering
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2016.1154211
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 09:38
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2016 17:46
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34945

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