Date of Award

Summer 8-27-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Carson Farmer

Second Advisor

Jochen Albrecht

Third Advisor

Douglas Gress

Academic Program Adviser

Hongmian Gong


Desktop digital fabrication technology has the potential to powerfully alter the economics, geography, and sociology of production. The desktop technology cannot reach its potential for widespread impact until it improves in quality and decreases in price. Makerspaces have emerged in the United States in the last eight years as informal social organizations where innovation in this technology may be occurring. This study examines whether innovation in digital fabrication technology has occurred, or has the potential to occur, at makerspaces in the New York City area.



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