FabLabs as platforms for digital fabrication services: A literature analysis

Marco Savastano, Francesco Bellini, Fabrizio D’Ascenzo, Eusebio Scornavacca

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11 Scopus citations


Digital fabrication is contributing to the paradigm shift that is determining a new way to design, produce and consume goods and services. In order to understand the role of FabLabs, networked platforms for the dissemination of digital culture through the sharing of technological tools and knowledge, this paper explores the main research themes and methods associated with this new business model. Through a systematic literature analysis, it provides an assessment of the state of art of the past and current literature about FabLabs from a service perspective. Based on research papers published exclusively on scholarly journals, the study describes the emergence of this research area and characterize its current status. A critical analysis of the existing research as well as some recommendations for future studies in this field are also offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring Services Science - 8th International Conference, IESS 2017, Proceedings
EditorsMonica Dragoicea, Maurizio Cavallari, Stefano Za
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319569246
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Conference on Exploring Service Science, IESS 2017 - Rome, Italy
Duration: May 24 2017May 26 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference8th International Conference on Exploring Service Science, IESS 2017


  • 3D printing
  • Digital fabrication
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Digital transformation
  • FabLab
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge
  • Literature analysis
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management


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