3D-printing: socio-economic driver and ecological bliss?

Additive manufacturing or 3D-printing is challenging the classical production and the supply chain model through the redistribution of jobs and the reduction of transport and stock. Yet, before 3D printing reaches a mass market, both businesses and governments are called to account for setting new standards in materials, competition and intellectual property to guarantee a sustainable infrastructure and an ecological bliss. This workshop will explore some of the solutions coming from academic research, policy issues in the UK and from the arts world.


  • Session chair: Stijn De Mil (Fablab, EhB)
  • 13.30-14.00: Registration, coffee
  • 14.00-14.40: Karel Van Acker (Plan C): 3D Printing & Sustainability
  • 14.40-15.30: Charles Levy (Big Innovation Center, London, UK): Policy challenges
  • 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


Location:  Fablab Brussels, Erasmushogeschool Brussel - gebouw B, Nijverheidskaai 170, 1070 Brussels

Participation fee: € 80,00 / € 30,00 for Master and PhD-students / Free for partners

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