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Study on the Development of Industrial 3D Printing and AM IPRs: Looking for industry stakeholders

A European Commission funded Study on the Development of Industrial 3D Printing and AM from the perspective of providing protection to Intellectual Property (IP) right holders is being conducted by Bournemouth University UK in collaboration with a team consisting of partners drawn from UK, Germany, Austria and Finland. The project led by Professor Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University) aims to analyse and clarify how the IP framework can concretely bring protection to right holders and in doing so, will address possible gaps and opportunities in order to stimulate development of the 3D printing technologies.

As part of this project, the team is keen to hear from as many industry stakeholders as possible and particularly those from the aerospace, automotive, health, consumer, energy, construction and industrial and tooling sectors. In shaping future policy, we are very keen to hear your views and input now.

 If you are interested, please get in touch with Dinusha Mendis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Further information about the project as well as the on-going work on 3D Printing /AM and IP can be found here, here, and here

MAESTRO contest news

The laser-based Additive Manufacturing (AM) of metal parts made a significant progress in the last two decades, especially in laser-based powder-bed technology (also called DMLS – Direct Metal Laser Sintering), broadening the range of materials available for them and also in developing the necessary data pre-processing tool. The AM technology has matured to reach a level where it can be considered as a viable alternative for producing net shape metal components for relatively small markets, predominantly for prototyping and small batch manufacture. This means only for low-scale applications where one material is used, the accuracy is not too high and surface integrity is achieved in one single AM processing step. Now it is necessary to improve productivity, cost and speed to bring this technology to a larger scale, towards mass market applications.The European project MAESTRO (Modular laser-based additive manufacturing platform for large scale industry) will help to answer these challenges.

In order to demonstrate the MAESTRO platform capabilities on a 5th demonstrator, companies are invited to propose case studies for future products to be manufactured by the MAESTRO technologies. The proposals will be evaluated (vs. economical, technical and societal criteria) and ranked by the project partners. For the best proposal, the fabrication process will be characterised with respect to industrialisation, i.e. throughput, throughput time, process parameter control, yield, cost. Free prototyping of the products will be proposed to the winner of the contest.
All the companies that would like to participate are invited to:
- Fill in a participation file available at
- Send the application form at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before February 28th 2019, 5 PM


 Are you from SMEs and your focus is innovations in the field of AM? 
Then the AMable call is interesting for you. 

The AMable call, funded by European Union Horizon 2020, aims to enable SMEs to take up AM with the help of financial support and AMable Services. These services target at support and upskilling of employees in the areas of design for AM, technology development, skills and education and to support their business development. The funding rate is 70% of eligible cost.  The first round closes at 1st of October 2018.

Two types of projects are available:

  • Feasibility Studies (5k – 20k): short-term experiments (3-6 months) which are focused to analyse and demonstrate the feasibility of developing new products or businesses related to the Digital Design for AM challenge in a decentralised and distributed digital environment.
  • Best Practice Experiments (10k – 40k): Widespread application experiments (4-12 months) which are conceived for benchmarking, testing, validation and improvement of new AM products, services and standards.

For details of the open call, please click:

CONTACT: Frits Feensrtra-TNO EMail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also pitch your idea (or another idea) on 26th September at the Fieldlab MM3D network meeting. The meeting starts at 15.35 PM and is part of the  Kunstsoffenbeurs 2018. If you have or one of your relations has an idea, please let send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..