What visionary narratives and technology futures are associated with 3D printing technologies? The first report of the ITAS vision assessment team in the Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order” explores this empirical question.
In the Cluster of Excellence, researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University are working on the next generations of 3D printing technologies in an interdisciplinary way. For many years, these have raised hopes for the individualized production of goods and expectations of huge progress, for example, in transplantation medicine.
The vision assessment conducted by ITAS explains what such future narratives say about our present. The fundamentals of this approach and its relevance for socially responsible research are the subject of a recently published report. The study accompanies basic research in the Cluster of Excellence from a social science perspective using the vision assessment approach. In the process, the authors are in close contact with their colleagues from the natural and technical sciences. Equally important to them is the exchange with the public. This is another reason why the report ends with an invitation for feedback to the authors. (24.04.2020)
Schneider, Christoph; Roßmann, Maximilian; Lösch, Andreas
Sociotechnical Visions of 3D Printing – After the First Hype? Report of the Vision Assessment Study in the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order. KIT Scientific Working Papers 2020, 34 S., ISSN: 2194-1629