Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference 2016: Takeaways
The Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing European Conference 2016 was recently held at the European Parliament under the theme “Helping industry and policy makers to build together a European strategy for additive manufacturing”. Organised by CECIMO, it was co-hosted by five Members of the European Parliament: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD), David Borrelli (EFDD), Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA), Eva Kaili (S&D) and Andrey Novakov (EPP). High-level representatives from companies, EU institutions, think tanks and other stakeholders of the machine tools sector participated in the event.
Four key conclusions have been drawn during the conference:
- A global race is under way to industrialise additive manufacturing, and Europe has to increase the intensity of its coordinated efforts to prevail.
- Policy measures are necessary to improve access to finance for the industry, especially for its resource-limited SMEs.
- Skills are crucial for accelerating the uptake of additive manufacturing across Europe. A paradigm shift in education is needed to provide learners with the skills they truly need.
- Common standards and a uniform certification system would greatly facilitate the exploitation of additive manufacturing capabilities by businesses.
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