Knowledge Reuse for Customization: Metamodels in an Open Design Community for 3D Printing

  title={Knowledge Reuse for Customization: Metamodels in an Open Design Community for 3D Printing},
  author={Harris Kyriakou and Jeffrey V. Nickerson and Gaurav Sabnis},
  journal={Computing Technologies eJournal},
Theories of knowledge reuse posit two distinct processes: reuse for replication and reuse for innovation. We identify another distinct process, reuse for customization. Reuse for customization is a process in which designers manipulate the parameters of metamodels to produce models that fulfill their personal needs. We test hypotheses about reuse for customization in Thingiverse, a community of designers that shares files for three-dimensional printing. 3D metamodels are reused more often than… 

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