Digital maker communities democratize manufacturing through hands on learning, trans-disciplinary work and open source knowledge sharing. Little is known how knowledge sharing actually happens. This study applied actor-network-theory as underlying theoretical framework to a co-design project in a digital maker community – the teletransportation project. At the core of this project was a basic digital design for a cup that can be 3D-printed. The study showed that the different network types re-assemble around nodes that result from translations (and therefore transformations) of the initial project idea and the code that allowed to 3D-print a cup. It was able to show translations and the circular movement in the network as well as translation costs, time effects, intermediaries and mediators.
By Patricia Wolf (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland), Peter Troxler (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
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Wolf, P., & Troxler, P. (2015). Look Who’s Acting!: Applying Actor Network Theory for Studying Knowledge Sharing in a Co-Design Project. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI), 7(3), 15-33. doi:10.4018/IJANTTI.2015070102