Medialab Prado


#Redada 18 Madrid: Challenges of 3D Printing

16.11.2012 19:00h

Place: Medialab-Prado en Intermediae Matadero Madrid (Paseo de la Chopera, 14 Madrid)

New session of #redada, a debate on social trends and topics related to culture, civil rights and technology.

Physical object printing with 3D printers is going to be one of the biggest industrial revolutions of the years to come. In this session we will debate about its challenges and opportunities as well as the technologies that allow its use. Coordinator: Antonio Delgado


3D printers have been used in industry for over ten years in manufacturing and production processes for pieces and designs in engineering and the arts. In recent years, various initiatives have arisen that bring printing physical objects into the home environment. The average cost of this type of printer is between 600 and 2,000 euros and makes it possible to create any kind of object. At the user’s level, they are sophisticated enough to print things ranging from an exoskeleton for disabled children to an acoustic guitar. In future, it may even be possible to build a house or print food to reduce the worldwide lack of food. A potentially negative aspect would be using them to make low cost guns or drugs.

The 3D printing community has grown exponentially in recent years. At Medialab-Prado we've got the OpenFab Group (Grupo OpenFab) that works and experiments with these technologies.

At this debate meeting we want to find out about the challenges and opportunities posed by 3D printing as well as the social changes this technology may effect in society. A new material culture where citizens become the creators of their own objects. A world where the boundary between the virtual and the real narrows.

At #redada we want to explore issues such as: Are we facing a new Industrial Revolution, as stated by Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wired? Can we talk about open source hardware where 3D printing is concerned? Should printing of certain physical objects be limited through anti-copy technologies? Can just anyone print a gun or drugs?

Participants in the discussion of these matters are:

  • Edgar González, architect and editor. Professor of Architectonic Narrative at the IE Business School. (@edgarg_com)
  • Gustavo Ferrari, from StereoPrint, a company specializing in 3D printing. He is also a member of the MADfab group, an initiative to form a hackerspace linked to digital manufacture in Madrid.
  • Gustavo Valera, Systems Engineer and specialist in interactive design and digital installations. He is part of the Ultra-Lab project to foster the use of open source hardware in society.
  • Javier de la Cueva, lawyer and expert in intellectual property and civil rights (@jdelacueva).
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