Abstract: This report complements D2.1 and presents the main findings of the iPRODUCE Task2.1 2nd round, EU-level, survey that captured EU citizens’, makers’ and manufacturers’ perceptions, needs around social manufacturing, insights about makerspaces’ acceptance as well as main drivers and barriers of their development. The report is structured as follows: Section 1 provides a short description of the context that motivated the project and introduces the main research questions that guided this study. Section 2 presents an up-to-date literature review regarding the main drivers, barriers, and challenges of makerspaces and current state-of-the-art in the field of social manufacturing. Section 3 includes all information related to the survey design and implementation methodology. In Section 4, we present descriptive findings closely related to individual perceptions and levels of acceptance. This section also includes the main findings from the statistical analysis of the 2nd round dataset using an Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) model. Section 5 provides theoretical recommendations, based on the identified behavioural and intentional insights that were captured in T2.1, highlighting potentially desirable features with regard to the design of the iPRODUCE platform for social manufacturing. Finally, summary of key findings, conclusions and further discussion are presented in Section 6.

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