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Towards sociable technologies: An empirical study on designing appropriation infrastructures for 3D printing

: Ludwig, T.; Stickel, O.; Boden, A.; Pipek, V.


Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Computer and Human Interaction -SIGCHI-:
ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2014. Proceedings : June 21st - 25th, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada
New York: ACM, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2902-6
Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) <2014, Vancouver>
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Over the last years, digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printers have become more and more common at universities and small businesses as well as in communities of hobbyist makers. The high complexity of such technologies, the rapid technological progress and the close link between hardware and software in this field poses challenges for users and communities learning how to operate these machines, especially in the contexts of existing (and changing) practices. We present an empirical study on the appropriation of 3D printers in two different communities and derive design implications and challenges for building appropriation infrastructures to help users face those challenges and making technologies more sociable. Copyright