With an increasing shift towards digital fabrication methods (amongst others 3Dprinting/Additive Manufacturing), the concept of factories is shifting from large organisations to more distributed manufacturing units located closer to the end-consumer. This trend creates new opportunities for more customised products (series of 1) and more complex products (complexity is free in 3dprint/AM).
- What are the challenges for cities to cater to these smaller manufacturing units?
- How does the role of design change with increasingly customisable products?
- With increased distributed manufacturing, what new business models will emerge?
- Will everybody own their own manufacturing facilities or will the sharing economy play here? Are we looking at Professional FabLabesque organisations?
- How can manufacturing closer to the consumer lead to a closer loop for circular products?
- Dirk Torfs - Flanders Make
- Ann Peeters - FabLabXL
- Justin Lalieux - Industrial Designer
- Jochem Raskin - Albertio (ex Tenco)
Date: 4-5-6 May
Place: Tour & Taxis Brussels
Registration on the official website: http://www.hackbelgium.be/