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Additive Manufacturing Community Mapping

3D printing is a hugely disruptive technology, with implications that reach deep into business models, engineering approaches and cultural assumptions. Understanding these implications and the opportunities accompanying them requires thinking and research that crosses between disciplines and faculties

Date Published: 15 September 2014

As a university, Lancaster has a long track record researching and developing additive manufacturing technologies and applications. Building on this, the community mapping event will connect researchers from all faculties who share an interest in the social and tangible potential of additive manufacturing. The half-day event is an opportunity to share research findings, research questions and to make connections. The key outcome of the session will be a reusable map showing expertise, interest and potential for 3D printing at the university.

Christopher May is FASS Associate Dean for External Relations & Enterprise, and is the University’s representative on the board of Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. He worked in the private sector for fifteen years including running his family’s business, before becoming an academic. He has worked at the intersection of law and political economy for many years, focussing initially on intellectual property rights and more recently on the normative weight of the rule of law; he has just completed a book manuscript on Global Corporations and Global Governance, and retains an interest in the role of technology in political economy. Thus, his interest in 3D printing/additive manufacturing is rooted in earlier work – published as The Information Society: a sceptical view (2002) – on the impact of technical change on national and global political economy.

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