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3D Printing: A Selection of Stakeholder Perspectives

7th November 2014, Executive Business Centre, Bournemouth University

There has been much written on the latest developments relating to additive manufacturing or 3D printing as it is more commonly known. The recent rise of low-cost consumer 3D printers have also made the headlines and raised interesting and complex questions.

However, there is limited literature and debate on the implications of 3D printing surrounding intellectual property law, economics, policy, society and technology.

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To understand these various implications, this event, co-sponsored by the ESRC and UKIPO and hosted by Dr. Dinusha Mendis Co-Director CIPPM, will bring together industry experts, social scientists, policy makers, lawyers, economists and manufacturers of 3D printing and as such will go beyond the developments in 3D printing in order to understand the implications for various stakeholders.

It will take place on Friday 7th November, 2014 at Bournemouth University’Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, BH8 8EB (close to the main railway station). IPO logo

The event will also provide the platform for a discussion and peer-review of the UKIPO Commissioned Report on the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D printing carried out by researchers at Bournemouth University and Econolyst.

This multi-disciplinary event will be complemented by an exhibition of 3D printing facilities provided by one of the world’s largest 3D printing open-source companies, Ultimaker (Winner of Best Consumer Product and Best Consumer Software at the 2014 3D Print Show Global Awards). 3D printers at Bournemouth University will also be showcased thereby providing an opportunity to see 3D printers at work.

The event is free to attend, however spaces are limited and registration is required.  For any queries, please contact the Event Organiser, Dr. Dinusha Mendis dmendis[at]bournemouth.ac.uk

Update: The workshop has now ended and a review of the event can be found here. The tweets from the day were captured on Storify and represent parts of the discussion and debate.  The event was publicised through a press release by the Economic and Social Research Council – one of only a small number of events to be chosen by the ESRC. The presentations from the day, in video format, can be accessed here.

Final Programme:

9.30 – 10.00 am – Coffee and Registration

10.00 – 10.15 am – Welcome

Sally Weston (Head of Law, Bournemouth University)

Dinusha Mendis (Event Host, Co-Director CIPPM)

10.15 – 10.55 am – Developments in 3D Printing

Chair – Professor Maurizio Borghi (Director, CIPPM, Bournemouth University)

Sophie Jones (Econolyst) – Overview of 3D Printing

Chris Thorpe (I Can Make) – The next wave of 3D printing. Not technologies, not machines, consumers

11.00 – 12.00 pm – Economics, Business Models and Innovation

Chair – Professor Ruth Towse (Co-Director, CIPPM, Bournemouth University)

Thierry Rayna (Novancia Business School Paris) – Digital Outbreak: The Long-Term Economic Effect of 3D Printing

Ludmila Striukova (University College London) – 3D Printing and Business Model Innovation

Simon Ford (University of Cambridge) – Industrial Adoption of 3D Printing Technologies: The Story So Far

12.00 – 1.10 pm – Lunch / Exhibition

1.15 – 2.30 pm – The Intellectual Property Implications

Chair – Professor Roger Brownsword (Professor in Law, Bournemouth University)

Marian Lillington (UK Intellectual Property Office) – 3D Printing: A Patent Analysis

Michael Weinberg (Public Knowledge) – Things Will Be Different.  Things Will Be The Same. What Happens When 3D Printing Crashes into Copyright Law

James Griffin/Liang Hao (University of Exeter) – ChocEdge: A Case Study into the Implications of Intellectual Property Law

Joe Wee (Things3D) – Saving Hollywood From 3D Printing Piracy

2.30 – 2.40 pm – Break

2.40 – 3.55 pm – An Industry Perspective: Scanning, Software, Hardware and Materials

Chair – Dr. Phil Reeves (Managing Director, Econolyst Ltd)

Chris Dryden (Fuel3D) – An Overview of 3D Scanning Technology and its Impact on Intellectual Property

Paul Croft (Ultimaker) – Open Source Thinking as a Catalyst for Innovation

Andrew Dent (Faberdashery) – Materials for Design

Turlif Vilbrandt/Cherie Stamm (Uformia) – Technology Innovation and the Ethical Economy

3.55 – 4.25 pm Coffee Break / Exhibition

4.30 – 5.30 pm – Discussion of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) Commissioned Report on the Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing

Chair – Professor Lilian Edwards (Deputy Director CREATe, University of Glasgow)

Dinusha Mendis (CIPPM, Bournemouth University)

Davide Secchi (CIPPM, Bournemouth University)

Phil Reeves (Econolyst Ltd)

5.30 pm – Close 

6.30 pm – Dinner 

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