Book publication: The Power of Platforms – 3D printing platforms

The Rathenau Institute and Vakmedianet published a book on new strategies for innovating in a digitalizing world. Nanning de Jong analyzed the upcoming 3D printing platforms in this book.

De Kracht van Platformen - 3D printen - platformen in de maak - door Nanning de Jong Super Tangible en Maurits Kreijveld Rathenau Insituut 1920 Several companies in the manufacturing industry are building integrated 3D printing platforms by mergers and by bringing new products to the market. 3D Printing becomes rapidly mature and changes the manufacturing process. The entire process from design and development to production and distribution gets digitalized. With possibly disruptive consequences: new earnings models, new power distributions and a new logic for innovating. The Netherlands has several manufacturers of 3D printers for home use, a lively network of FabLabs and a trend setter as Shapeways that grows rapidly in the USA. Meanwhile, several dynamics can be observed in the market. American players like 3D Systems and Stratasys are acquiring (Dutch) companies and become suppliers of integrated 3D printing solutions for major industries and home users. Their business comes from the sale of 3D printers, the materials and 3D printed end products. The Dutch AddLab bundles companies from the manufacturing industry to develop 3D printing capabilities together. What do these developments mean for the future of 3D printing in The Netherlands? What companies are already taking strategic positions, are seeking dominance or try to monopolize designs? What changes in the innovation dynamics?

3D-printen platformen in de maak - hoofdstuk uit De Krach van Platformen - Nanning de Jong Super Tangible en Maurits Kreijveld Rathenau Instituut 2014

Disruptive influences of platforms

The authors present in ‘The Power of Platforms’ new and exciting insights in the platform-based innovation strategies of successfull companies.  Markets are analyzed that already were influenced by disruptive influences of platforms and markets that could be impacted by them in the near future. A variety of platforms is discussed:  Appstores (Maurits Kreijveld), 3D printing (Nanning de Jong), crowdfunding platformen (Irma Borst), platforms for potato breeding (Huib de Vriend & Edith Lamberts van Bueren) and dataplatforms in health (Mark de Reuver, Harry Bouwman & Fatemeh Nikayin).  Nanning de Jong analyzed the 3D print platforms in a chapter of the Dutch book “De Kracht van Platformen” (The Power of Platforms). The book was edited by Maurits Kreijveld, Jasper Deuten and Rinie van Est of the Rathenau Institute and published by Vakmedianet and the Rathenau Institute in October 2014. Please order the book at

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