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Progress in Plastics: 3D Printing: Socio-economic driver and ecological bliss or pitfall

Thursday, 28 November, 2013 - 13:30 to Thursday, 28 November, 2013 - 17:30
Fablab Brussels, Erasmushogeschool Brussel - FablaBXL, gebouw B
Nijverheidskaai 170, 1070 Brussel
0032 (0)2 629 22 18
1/2 day seminar

Additive manufacturing or 3D-printing is said to have the potential to transform the manufacturing industry and the economy. It could challenge the mass production model of manufacturing, and redistribute jobs around the world. It could bring significant environmental benefits, by removing the need to transport bulky goods around the world, and enabling new, sustainably sourced materials. Yet there is a challenging role that both businesses and government must play before 3D printing reaches a mass market like setting new standards in materials, competition and intellectual property to guarantee a sustainable infrastructure and an ecological bliss. Programme: 

Session chair: Stijn De Mil (Fablab, EhB)

13.30-14.00: Registration, coffee
14.00-14.10: Welcome
14.10-14.40: Karel Van Acker (Plan C): 3D Printing & Sustainability
14.40-15.30: David Webber (PA Europe - Strategy Consulting and Public Affairs): 3D-Printing - Is Regulation Coming? 
15.30-15.50: Coffee & tea break
15.50-16.30: Nick Ervinck (artist): Challenging the possibilities of the technology
16.30-17.00: Björn Coene (KU Leuven): IP Issues
17.00-17:30: Closing discussion

Registration fee: 80 EUR / 30 EUR for PhD-students / FREE for partners (send an e-mail to goedele.nuyttens@vub.ac.be)

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