Creative activity customized for individual needs and tastes – Solji Kim

Do it yourself(DIY) folks who simply follow manuals are in decline as more people choose to make it their own way to suit their needs and tastes. Maker is no longer just a “Consumer” but “Prosumer” as they participate in production themselves. Due to progressing 3D printing technology, anyone can become a “Creator,” “Producer,” and “Entrepreneur.” in this day and age. This trend is especially noticeable among younger generations as this “Creative making” became the fundamental and essential part of their leisure life. Skills such as coding and other technical and scientific DIYs that belong to the realm of the experts are now moving towards the realm of cultural life.

3dprint08For example, Italian home ware magazine CASAfaile has collaborated with  Creative consulting company Tourdefork and industrial designer Astrid Luglio to make a 3D printing object collection called, ‘The Future of DIY Objects, Tourdefork.’ They provide sources and ideas to people who want to make things on their own such as dinner table accessories. Some of the ideas they provide are using old glass bottles, cake stand, cocktail port, plate holder, etc. It shows the possibility and direction that without special skills nor expertise, 3D printing can effectively be used in our daily lives. (Tourdefork.2015)

We can also see this phenomenon from an organization called, ‘IKEA Hackers.’ They do not follow the manual provided by IKEA but do it themselves according to their needs and taste and share information. Based on this idea, there have been more marketing and design specializing in DIY and creative making. People can actually change the manual and come up with new design which makes the product more user-friendly. This kind of marketing in the long run can magnify the sense of attachment to the brand.(IKEA Hackers,2014)

Using 3D printer to do creative activities to suit one’s needs and taste, I think, is mesotrend and at the base, there is megatrend of Personal Manufacturing era.3D printing technology is vastly spreading at the state and industrial level, however what relationship does it have with personal life and how will it change the lives of our future. Many futurologist and established magazines have commended this technology as 3rd industrial revolution where it has the potential to replace mass production of companies. They also said that this technology will change Mass Production era to Mass Customization era by popularizing small customized production.

The Economist, a well known magazine on the global economy, published a special issue on April 2012 and the headline read, “The 3rd Industirial Revolution, The Digitization Of Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing.” In their article they defined the transformation of 1st industrial revolution to 3rd industrial revolution and said that 3D printing technology is the key component in bringing the 3rd industrial revolution. (The Economist.2012)They went on to say that this technology will usher in the dream world where one can print their own design and produce themselves without the help of factory workers. Digital manufacturing era is right before our eyes. This shows that we are on a rising curve of the life cycle and we are still far away from it reaching the top.

3D printing technology is amalgamated with ‘Bio-Printing’ technology which made Bio printing technology to be in the spotlight as well. Bio printing is laminating live cells in a form or pattern you want and making organs, muscles and even bones. Recently, the US Army successfully developed a technique that can print a patient’s skin cell. If this bio printing technique is amalgamated with Nano sensor technology and IT technology, it can bring a sensational innovation in developing prosthetic hands and humanoid robots that follow orders from human nerve system and electronic signals of a computer.

I would like to leave you with a question:

Do you think this 3D printing technology would affect your future life?

Reference list:

< The Economist> A third industrial revolution
2015 Trend code
8 Hot 3D Printing Trends to Watch In 2016

photograph by tourdefork


Ikea heakers 




2 thoughts on “Creative activity customized for individual needs and tastes – Solji Kim

  1. Interesting and relevant topic for all kind of designers. Also nice examples at product-level.
    Unfortunately, it is not very clear where your focus lies on. The reason is that you took a very broad approach using more than one consumer trend: product customization, 3D manufacturing, “do it yourself” and creative leisure time. Of course all these trends have a relationship with each other, but you should focus on one of them. You argue that “Using 3D printer to do creative activities to suit one’s needs and taste” is a mesotrend”; if I were you, I would simply describe it as “Customized products by 3D printing”. I think this is more specific as a mesotrend and it still covers most of the consumer needs you mention on your article. Am I right? What I miss in your article, is the answer to the question: where is this trend in the life cycle?
    Apart from this, I agree with you that “personal manufacturing”, due to its huge impact on society, can be considered as the megatrend behind “Customized products by 3D printing”. Another megatrend related to this mesotrend is of course “digital technology”.

    You also often forgot to mention your information sources according to the APA-style. For example, when you write that many futurologist have said something, you need to write also their names, or otherwise the name of the author of the source (book, magazine, article, etc.) and the year of publication (see; as reference also have a look to the example article “Non-dairy Products on the Rise” in this blog).
    In general, you did nice work. You do not need to rewrite this article, but keep in mind my comments for your next articles/papers. The only things you should add here are: (1) where is this trend in the life cycle, and (2) your sources in the text. This is important for the grading.

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  2. Maela Verschuren – 1659315 – 16th of September 2016

    This is an interesting topic you choose! I think it would great to develop your own furniture or accessories. If it will be payable for students, I would definitely use it. For know I will be working with the public 3D printer in the makerspace at school.

    To answer your question:
    I think that with the 3D printing break through, many changes in processes from companies will happen. Like in the medical industry that you have mentioned in your post. It would be great if the 3D printing can finally help people who have, as an example, skin diseases. (Verkoren & 3D print magazine, 2015)

    Or printing prosthetics! Prosthetics can be very expensive because they need to be tailored for every person. The 3D printing can make an prosthetics faster than normally and in the end it will reduce the cost. (Nunnikhoven, 2015)

    So, I do think that the 3D printing technology will affect us in the future. With all the things they know now, it can only keep getting better. Maybe in few years, it is normal to see 3D printers in ambulances and hospitals. That would not only mean that the work process will going faster but the doctors can help people faster with their wounds/diseases.

    Outside the medical industry: What will happen if people like me and you own a 3D printer and can make our own things. If you can print your own furniture or food, you can sell your design to other people, so they can print the same. (Van der Plas & De Munck, 2015) Do you think this will affect the retail market? I think they can expect a lot of competition from other companies and individuals.

    Do you think that digitalization also could be a great megatrend in this topic? I think that one of the megatrends is digitalization. The mesotrend, like you said is creating things for people’s needs. The microtrend is a 3D printer.

    Reference list:
    Nunnikhoven, M. (2015, January 7). 3D Printing: Possibility to Reality. Retrieved from

    Van der Plas, A., & De Munck, S. (2015, April 25). 3D-printen: de digitalisering van fysieke producten. Retrieved from

    Verkoren, M., & 3D print magazine. (2015, April 25). 3D-huidprinter tegen brandwonden en huidziekten. Retrieved from

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