UCL School of Management

Research project

3D printing, entrepreneurship and innovation


3D printing technologies have the potential to become one of the key innovation drivers for the decades to come. These technologies have a potential to be highly disruptive, as they will give raise to entirely new products and services and will force to rethink creation, production and distribution processes. Furthermore, 3D printing technologies are expected to lower the barriers to entry and enable new companies, with innovative business models, to compete with established firms. We study how the potential of 3D printing can be unleashed for entrepreneurship and innovation purposes.


An increasing number of entrepreneurs use 3D printing to either start or grow their business. Similarly, SMEs start seeing the potential of 3D printing when competing with larger companies. The framework proposed by the authors help the participants of 3D printing sector to reshuffle their business models to better accommodate for the changes brought about by this technology.

Selected publications

Striukova, L., Rayna, T., & Darlington, J. (2015). Co-creation and User Innovation: The Role of Online 3D Printing Platforms. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. doi:10.1016/j.jengtecman.2015.07.002 [link]
Striukova, L., & Rayna, T. (2015). From Rapid Prototyping to Home Fabrication: How 3D Printing is Changing Business Model Innovation. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2015.07.023 [link]
Last updated Thursday, 11 August 2016


Research groups

Organisations & Innovation

Research areas

Strategic management

Research topics

Business model innovation; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Management of innovation; Management of technology; New product development; Creative industries; Intellectual property management