Making the Most of Makers: An Exploration of the Need for a Prototyping Tool for Companies to Engage with the Maker Movement

C. A. Hansen*, A. G. Özkil, A. J. E. Kimber

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    Makers have proven to be skilled at prototyping and therefore present a unique opportunity for companies, who seek to improve their capabilities, to learn from them. In this study, a mixed methods approach was used to understand possible benefits to both companies and makers from collaborating in prototyping, and to identify a set of design considerations to guide the future development of a tool to facilitate such collaboration. Despite challenges to collaboration, a tool designed to help companies engage with makers in prototyping could be beneficial to both and should be developed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Publication date2021
    Pages967 - 976
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    Event23rd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21) - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Duration: 16 Aug 202120 Aug 2021


    Conference23rd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED21)
    LocationChalmers University of Technology

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    • Prototyping
    • Co-design
    • Open innovation
    • Design tools


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