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3D Printing Revolution - Bruxelles June 10th 2014
3D Printing Revolution - Challenges and Possibilities

Date: 10 June 2014, 14.00 – 17.45, registration and welcome coffee from 13.30,at Radisson Blu EU Hotel, Brussels, Rue d’Idalie 35

The conference “3D Printing Revolution – Challenges and opportunities”, to be held in Brussels on June 10th, 2014, will represent a pivotal moment where all relevant stakeholders could discuss the situation and the perspectives of 3D printing.
3D Printing (also called "additive manufacturing") can be considered as the next industrial revolution which will influence directly how we produce and how we live, impacting all the sectors of our life: from aerospace to automotive, from medical to consumer goods, from fashion to constructions.

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, there is a growing debate on how should we meet the new challenges in the 3D printing revolution.

QED is 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 we make sure that the debate is balanced and focused on the relevant issues.

We forecast two panels as follows:

Panel 1- 3D printing Perspectives and
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?[/undefined][/undefined]

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?

Today's speaker line up looks as follows:
Panel 1 – 3D Printing Perspectives and opportunities

Gianni Pittella Vice President of the European Parliament (tbc)
Bonifacio Garcia Porras Head of Unit B3 - Innovation Policy for Growth, DG ENTR,European Commission
Carla Van Steenbergen Legal Counsel, Materialise
Moderator: Benjamin Denayer Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing – Expert SIRRIS

Panel 2 – 3D Printing Challenges and threats
Franco Accordino Head of Task Force “Digital Futures”, DG CONNECT,
European Commission
Frits Feenstra - Senior project manager TNO member and coordinator of the European Additive Manufacturing platform (
Dr Peter Troxler Research Professor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences,founder and member of the Board of the International Fab Lab Association
Prof Dr Denis Dufrane Head of Endocrine Cell Therapy Unit, Université Catholique de Louvain
Moderator: Benjamin Denayer Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing – Expert SIRRIS

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

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