The third Forum ‘3D Printing and Law: expert conference on quality assurance and IT-security in additive manufacturing’ took place in Cologne, Germany, on March 21, 2017.
The 3D Printing and Law forum was hosted by DWF Germany with the friendly assistance of the Institute of Product Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the deutsche medienakademie GmbH, the initiative Digital Cologne and KCI Publishing/3D fab+print. This expert conference on quality assurance and IT-security throughout the supply chain was highly attended by manufacturers, entrepreneurs, service providers and other industry professionals.
Speakers 3D printing and law forum
Speakers were the legal experts Klaus M. Brisch, LL.M. and Marco Müller-ter Jung, LL.M. from DWF Germany, Prof. Dr. Witt, Chair of the Institute of Product Engineering, one of Germany’s leading scientists on Additive Manufacturing, as well as the experts from Heraeus Additive Manufacturing GmbH (a leading international company specialised in metal and functional materials), Materialise GmbH (a company offering software solutions, engineering and 3D printing services), SLM Solutions Group (OEM of plants and systems for metal-based additive manufacturing), Kegelmann Technik GmbH (a company specialised in the generative manufacturing of models and prototypes), 3DTrust GmbH (a company specialised in security issues of additive manufacturing processes), TÜV NORD Group (a service provider in the field of technology and safety), MTU Aero Engines AG (engine manufacturer who is engaged in the development, manufacture and support of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories and stationary gas turbines) and Deutsche Bahn AG (Germany’s leading railway company).
Divided into three panels, the conference provided presentations by experts discussing the need for quality assurance and a detailed documentation thereof throughout the entire process of additive manufacturing. Current technological as well as legal challenges connected with the establishment of additive manufacturing in the market were addressed, especially focussing on Quality Assurance and IT-security.
Discussions between experts and participants
The discussions between experts and participants revealed that there is a high awareness from professionals in the business for the importance of the two main topics of the day. Especially the need for defining the performance obligations of each party involved in the process chain as well as for documentation was emphasised and was repeatedly stressed as a central factor of success for the final product and therefore the parties involved in the production process. Another key area discussed were liabilities and risk allocation in case IT-security cannot be assured or quality management failed.
For further information about this expert conference, please contact Klaus M. Brisch or Marco Müller-ter Jung (Tel. +49 221 534098-0) from DWF. They can also provide a more comprehensive report about the speeches and discussions at the event.