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ECIPE Workshop: Will 3D printing change everything?

October 06 2015
Venue: ECIPE, Rue Belliard 4-6, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Bram Smits, Martina Ferracane
Time: 09:30

Workshop to discuss short-term policy implications of 3D printing as well as a more general brainstorming on the long-term effects of this technology on trade policy and, ultimately, growth models.

The Replicator was a great futuristic gadget proposed in the ‘60s in the Star Trek series. Although the show plot took place around the 2260’s, 3D printing has made the Replicator a reality today. This process enables the creation of three-dimensional objects from a digital model with materials which go from ceramic to metal. Several products are being customized already today, while the prototyping of food, drugs and human organs is moving at a staggering pace. This technology offers tremendous opportunities for innovation that can be embraced with a forward-looking regulatory action. ECIPE invites you to a workshop for a discussion around the short-term policy implications of 3D printing as well as a more general brainstorming on the long-term effects of this technology on trade policy and, ultimately, growth models.

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Programme

Programme

9.30: Coffee

10.00: Welcome and introduction

10.15: Introduction to the applications of 3D printing

Bram Smits, Public Affairs Officer at Materialise

10.30: Introduction to short-term and long-term regulatory implications of 3D printing

Martina Francesca Ferracane, Policy Analyst at ECIPE

10:45 – 12:00: Discussion and wrap up

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Please note that the workshop is closed to 15 selected participants, so you will be contacted as soon as possible if your application is successful.