Domestic 3D Printing Research

This research project investigates the opportunities and implications of 3D printing in the context of its early commercial and cultural presence within Australia. The project aims to explore the meanings, practices, and expectations of 3D printing from multiple stakeholder perspectives (end users, internet intermediaries, retailers; community collectives; industry; policy).

The scope of the research addresses social meanings, user practices, and economic implications associated with the technological affordances and barriers presented by such additive manufacturing technologies.

By investigating a broad range of perspectives on the potential economic and social implications of 3D fabrication in the early stages of its innovation and adoption, this project will move beyond specific issues, such as legal implications, to consider the potential of fabricating applications in a range of domestic, community and commercial contexts.



IBES Seed Funding 2014


Academic article 3D printing and university makerspaces: Surveying countercultural communities in institutional settings, Digital Culture & Education, 24 November 2015.

Research paper 3D Printing: Civic Practices and Regulatory Challenges released in April 2016.

Website 3D Printing Info (3DPI) - Everything you need to get started in 3D printing, launched in July 2016.

Research paper 3D Printing rights and responsibilities: Consumer perceptions and realities released in August 2016 through Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and University of Melbourne.

3D printers could soon become a common household appliance, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, Kate Murray, 31 March 2016.

Domestic 3D printing research paper launched, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, Kate Murray, 21 April 2016.

This new website simplifies the legal boundaries of 3D printing, Gizmodo, Rae Johnston, 27 July 2016.

Guide launched on the boundaries of 3D printing, Manufacturers' Monthly, 27 July 2016.

New site helps navigate legal aspects of 3D printing, Computerworld, Rohan Pearce, 28 July 2016.

3D printing boundaries defined, Technology Decisions, 28 July 2016.

Can I download a car? 3D printing research paper launch, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, Kate Murray, 11 August 2016.