3D Printing Revolution - Challenges and Possibilities

10 June 2014, 14.00 – 17.50, registration and welcome coffee from 13.30

Radisson Blu EU Hotel, Rue d’Idalie 35, Brussels



 

The next industrial revolution is arriving and is already impacting all the sectors of our life: from aerospace to automotive, from medical to consumer goods, from fashion to constructions, 3D Printing is the real revolution which will influence directly how we produce and how we live.

 

The possibilities are almost unlimited. However, these possibilities also raise several issues and potential threats. From a business perspective, the intellectual property rights issues are one of the most important. From a political perspective, how should we meet the new challenges in the 3D printing revolution?

 

3D printing is the common definition of Additive Manufacturing (AM), a manufacturing process that deposits materials layer-by-layer to build physical products. According to the Economist, AM has triggered a third industrial revolution because the technology presents new and expanding technical, economic and social impacts. Particularly, the increased accessibility to 3D printing capabilities has allowed mass customization to become more widespread in industries such as healthcare, aerospace and consumer markets.

 

14.00 – 14.10 Moderator’s opening remarks

 

14.10 – 15.50 Panel 1 – 3D Printing Perspectives and opportunities

 

Discussion points:

Speaker line-up

Gianni Pittella Vice President of the European Parliament (tbc)

Bonifacio García-Porras Head of Unit B3 - Innovation Policy for Growth, DG ENTR, European Commission

Carla Van Steenbergen Legal Counsel, Materialise

Alain Strowel Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Moderator: Benjamin Denayer Senior Business Development & Innovation, focus Additive Manufacturing, SIRRIS

 

10.55 - 11.15 Coffee break

 

11.15 – 13.00 Panel 2: 3D Printing Challenges and threats

 

Discussion points:

Speaker line-up

Bonifacio García Porras Head of Unit B3 - Innovation Policy for Growth, DG ENTR, European Commission

Frits Feenstra Senior Project Manager, TNO Member and Coordinator of the European Additive Manufacturing Platform

Prof Dr Denis Dufrane Head of Endocrine Cell Therapy Unit, Université Catholique de Louvain

Dr Peter Troxler Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, founder and member of the Board of the International Fab Lab Association

Moderator: Benjamin Denayer Senior Business Development & Innovation, focus Additive Manufacturing, SIRRIS

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