Additive manufacturing as a new industrial standard?

Cologne, image source: DWF Law website

The 4th annual expert conference ‘Forum on 3D-Printing and Law’ will take place on 13 March 2018. DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH invites you to this forum and is kindly supported in doing so by the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the deutsche medienakademie GmbH, 3D fab+print, the Digital Cologne initiative and the SAMPL project, a project supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi).

By Anna Rauw, DWF Germany

The 4th Forum on 3D Printing and Law continues to build upon the momentum gathered in this area to date. In March 2015, the 1st Forum addressed general legal aspects of additive manufacturing, whereas the 2nd Forum on 3D Printing in March 2016 focused on business models of innovative companies doing business in the field of the future technology of 3D printing and its legal implications. The 3rd Forum on 3D Printing and Law in March 2017 shed light on quality assurance and IT security in additive manufacturing processes.

In the meantime, not only have the legal issues in connection to industrial 3D printing processes developed but the technology itself has also evolved from prototyping to industrial small batch production. Additive manufacturing can be seen as an integral part of the “Future Factory”. In specific sectors – such as aviation, automobile, medicine-/dental- and orthopaedic technology as well as tool and mould construction – 3D printing is already on its way to becoming the new industrial standard, often producing complex or individualised components or spare parts. Corresponding to these developments, the need for greater legal protection has grown substantially among the parties involved so as to prevent warranty and liability claims.

At the 4th Forum, experts will present requirements and challenges with regard to the industrialisation of 3D printing, with legal experts analysing their corresponding implications.
At the forum, you will also have the opportunity to see a demonstrator of the SAMPL project (Secure Additive Manufacturing Platform project) – a blockchain-based security solution for data processing and for all steps of the 3D printing process.

Participation is free of charge. An overview of the presentations planned can be found online where you can also register. Please note all presentations will be in German!

For more information, contact Marco Müller-ter Jung, Certified Attorney in Information Technology, Partner, DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Tel. +49 221 534098-0