May 27, 2014

The Business and Economic Impacts of 3D Printing


The Business and Economic Impacts of 3D Printing
A Research Workshop
3 June 2014
RWTH Aachen University

Workshop Hosts & Chairs: Joel West and Frank Piller

The convergence of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) with developments like open source licensing, repositories to share 3D data and files, and platforms to access manufacturing capacity has created an environment where innovation is flourishing, but also where current regulatory schemes and business models are ill equipped to deal with this changing landscape. While 3D printing has been largely covered by research from the engineering discipline, currently also management scholars and economists are starting to join the debate. In this workshop, we strive to explore the field and exchange ideas for research, share results from early projects, and co-create opportunities for future joint projects.

The workshop is organized as part of the RWTH Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" (http://www.production-research.de), a €70 million research program between five schools and more than 100 researchers at RWTH Aachen.

For more information, contact Frank Piller or Joel West.

1200Registration and light networking lunch
1230Welcome: Prof. Frank Piller, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management, RWTH Aachen: “When Industry meets the Maker Economy -- Objectives, Introductions, and an Overview of Current Research on 3D at RWTH Aachen & Beyond”
1300Opening talk: Prof. Joel West, KGI Keck Graduate Institute, USA: “The Impact of 3D Printing: The First Three Decades
1330Opening talk: Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, RWTH Aachen & Fraunhofer ILT: “Photonic Production: Commercial Applications & Opportunities
1400Q&A for Keynotes
1415Institutional presentation: Dr. Letizia Mortara, Dr. Simon Ford and Dominik Deradjat, Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge:  “The Cambridge Bit by Bit Programme: Objectives and current research”
1435Research presentation: Prof. Thierry Rayna and Ludmila Striukova, Chair of Digital Business, ESG Management School, Paris: “From Rapid Prototyping to Home Fabrication: How 3D Printing is Changing Business Model Innovation
Research presentation: Dr. Robin Kleer and Prof. Frank Piller, TIM Group, RWTH Aachen:”Welfare Effects of Radical Process Innovation: Benefits of Local Production by Users via 3D Printing
1400Discussion
1545Research presentation: Dr. Letizia Mortara, Dr. Simon Ford and Dominik Deradjat, Centre for Technology Management, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge: “Classifying Fab Spaces: A Cluster Analysis”
Research presentation: Christian Weller, TIM Group, RWTH Aachen, “Enhancing Customization by 3D Printing: Value Creation of Additive Manufacturing from a Consumer’s Perspective”
Research presentation: Simon Bock, Anne Greul, Dr. Theo Schöller endowed chair for Technology- and Innovationmanagement, TU Munich, & Prof. Joel West, KGI, “Leveraging Open Source Hardware Communities: Current Research on 3D Printing Entrepreneurs”
Research presentation: Prof. Peter Letmathe, Accounting Group, RWTH Aachen, “Cost Management of Fast-Changing Technologies”
1800Discussion
1845Summary & Adjourn
1930Dinner hosted by RWTH TIM at Restaurant Elisenbrunnen

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