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dc.contributor.advisor El Enany, Nellie Mohamed, Doaa 2018-11-06T13:17:07Z Fall 2018 en_US 2018-11-06
dc.description.abstract The research aims to investigate two models: Sustainable Product Service System (S.PSS) applied to Distributed Manufacturing (DM). S.PSS aims to combine environmental with social and economic sustainability to achieve social equity in low and middle-income contexts through a system design of products and services satisfying the market demand. DM allows the organization of connected small scale and flexible production units to share various forms of resources (tangible or intangible), while using emerging technologies. The combined models aim to address the environmental, social and economic issues in low and middle-income contexts by offering new opportunities for young makers who wish to be entrepreneurs to develop sustainable local startups. The research started by covering past work about approaches, opportunities and barriers of the two models through literature review. Then, a collection of international cases of small-scale production were studied further and other case studies in the Egyptian context were formulated. The Egyptian case studies were based on qualitative methods (mainly in-depth interviews, observational research and reflective field notes) and investigated the operational tactics of PSS to fill research gap. Participatory workshops were held to discuss the possible scenarios for applying the coupled models in business, especially in the field of Additive Manufacturing. Later, experts were interviewed to discuss whether the scenarios are applicable in a low and middle-income market like Egypt. The outcome is a sustainable design-oriented scenario (from proposed near-future scenarios) that reflects the advantages of S.PSS applied to DM for the Sustainable Development in low and middle-income contexts; in addition to a set of guidelines for applying these scenarios to support makers’ market. The scenarios and guidelines are to fill the research gaps found in previous studies discussing the mentioned models and to pave the way for future studies with same focus.   en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Lens Network and its director Prof Carlo Vezzoli at Design Department in Politecnico di Milano en_US
dc.format.extent 143 p. en_US
dc.format.medium theses en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Author retains all rights with regard to copyright. en
dc.subject Sustainable Product-Service Systems en_US
dc.subject Distributed Manufacturing en_US
dc.subject 3D printing en_US
dc.subject Additive Manufacturing en_US
dc.subject Maker Market en_US
dc.subject Egypt en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Thesis (M.A.)--American University in Cairo en_US
dc.title Exploring scenarios to facilitate the access to 3D printing technology through sustainable product-service systems in the Egyptian maker market en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.subject.discipline Environmental Systems en_US
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dc.contributor.department American University in Cairo. Sustainable Development en_US
dc.embargo.lift 2019-11-06T13:17:07Z
dc.description.irb American University in Cairo Institutional Review Board approval has been obtained for this item. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ibrahim, Sherwat
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wolf, Brigitte
dc.contributor.committeeMember Vezzoli, Carlo

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