English Abstract

Enhancing Innovative-mind by using 3D Printing

Yukari NAGAI
School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2014),87(9),369-375 General Review in Japanese

First, this manuscript discusses the feasibility of 3D printing technologies. Several 3D printing technologies focus on“innovation” as a parameter to enhance production systems as well as creative thinking. Six different factors, “what,” “why,” “how,” “who,” “where,” and“when,” are used to gauge the expected meanings (or values) of innovation based on the viewpoint of 3D printing. Second, this manuscript explores the impact of 3D printing on the psychological aspects of innovation in a society rather than the techniques or skills involved in the process. The term innovation design is used to address the future tendency of manufacturing systems that will enhance current production styles developed for specialized markets that are supported by networks. Further, personalized printing systems may facilitate creativity among people, which in turn will help diversify innovative lifestyles. Finally, some case studies are introduced to allow the reader to imagine possible future society scenarios.

Keywords: 3D Printing, Design, Innovation, Creativity, Knowledge