I would like to show TU Berlin that we have communicated about the workshop. Feel free to make improvements.
In December, three members of our Board of Stewards, Lars, Sam and I were invited to TU Berlin, Potsdam, to participate in a Sustainable Manufacturing plenary hosted by the CRC Sustainable Manufacturing: Shaping Global Value Creation. We asked the group "What is Redistributed Manufacturing? See the introduction and discussion on it in our forum.
You can see the overview of the whole workshop session on this hackpad. We were lucky to have a large group of very interested participants including many academics working in open source, open design, and sustainable manufacturing. After some initial introductions we used a world cafe session to explore three questions:
- What is the role of redistributed manufacturing in the circular economy?
- What are the open and circular design principles that make it easy to build hardware products on-site?
- What are the business models for RdM and open source hardware? What are the risks and how can they be overcome?
After some in-depth discussions, three key points were summarised for each question.
These are big questions and not ones that can be answered in a day (or in a blog post). One of the main points raised during the workshop was the need for a better understanding of RdM. We will continue this discussion and build up resources on the topic in the OSCE forum: What is Redistributed Manufacturing?
At the recent Sustainable Design and Manufacturing conference in April, has a special track dedicated to discussing the topic of RdM. You can read a little more about some of those papers here.
What do you think is a good product or case for redistributed manufacturing? Let us know over in the forum.