Abstract

The development of affordable, quality, consumer grade 3D printers has allowed entrepreneurs to develop new products and start small businesses. As the print quality of consumer grade printers has improved entrepreneurs have been able to develop consumer quality products without the traditional expense of mass manufacturing. This change from mass manufacturing to small scale and custom production has allowed for the growth of small businesses. Websites such as www.etsy.com show hundreds of small businesses based on 3D printing, these businesses showcase thousands of products ranging from useful household items to cosplay. This thesis covers the process of a small business developing, manufacturing, and marketing a niche product. 3D printing was utilized to develop and produce a product, along with expanding the products market requiring mass manufacturing.

Advisor

Gary Mead

Committee Member

Harry Petersen

Committee Member

Kuldeep Agarwal

Date of Degree

2019

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

College

Science, Engineering and Technology

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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