Kirsten Van Praet August 11, 2017

How does 3D Printing affect the number of manufacturing jobs and what is the impact of the technology on our society? Jürgen Tiedje, head of Digital Grow at the European Commission, shares the European Commission’s view on these topics. He explains how Europe is moving away from the slope of understanding and onto the plateau of production with mass customization and series manufacturing.

“Manufacturing has to and is moving to the digital world, but AM will make a difference as it turns the digital back to the physical. It can create more jobs, bring jobs back to Europe, create more local manufacturing and lead to more highly-skilled people. AM has huge potential, not only to change manufacturing from a technological point of view, but also from a societal and economic point of view”
Jürgen Tiedje, Head of Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

He also points out that collaboration is essential to advance the industry and the European Commission provides plenty of avenues to foster cooperation through their framework programs such as Horizon 2020. Their approach is mainly focused on three principles: “open science”, “open innovation” and “open to the world” and he believes that Additive Manufacturing should incorporate these.

Watch the interview Tiedje gave to Stefaan Motte, Materialise VP, to discover what role the European Commission plays with regard to the advancement of Additive Manufacturing, how they encourage collaboration and what trends they noticed in the 3D printing scene during the Materialise World Summit 2017.
 

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