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3 D Printing Revolution - Challenges and Opportunities

All day event
Location: Brussels, Belgium

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.

The conference “3D Printing Revolution – Challenges and opportunities”, to be held in Brussels on June 10th, 2014, will therefore represent a pivotal moment where all relevant stakeholders could discuss the situation and the perspectives of 3D Printing. The conference will be organized by QED Communication, an independent meeting organizer specialized in creating a forum for dialogue between policy makers, regulators, NGOs and private companies. By inviting representatives from all sides of the discussion QED makes sure that the debate is balanced and focused on the relevant issues.

The two panels will be as follows:

Panel 1- 3D printing Perspectives and opportunities

Possible discussion points:

  • What impact will 3D printing have on economy and society
  • How will the responsibility for product safety develop when different stakeholders are responsible for blueprint, production and the usage of 3D printed products such as medtech devices, engine parts or medical implants?
  • How can we ensure that new legislation does not prevent the development of the 3D revolution?

Panel 2- 3D Printing Challenges and Threats

Possible discussion points:

  • Who should legislate?
  • What influence will 3D printing have on legislations (IPR, Standards, Security, Patents)
  • How do we find the balance between sufficient protection and personal integrity?

If you are interested, please contact for more information the Project Manager, Giorgio Magistrelli, at:

Published on 09-05-2014 00:00 by David Tee. 16928 page views

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