Shaping Global Value Creation: Plenary Meeting of the CRC 1026

We are organising a workshop in Potsdam during the sustainable manufacturing plenary meeting.

The aim is to explore the overlaps between re-distributed manufacturing, remanufacturing, open design, open innovation, open source and circular economy topics, in more depth.

Here we can discuss the plan for the workshop. The attendees will be a mix of academics and industry, so I think the workshop can really help to build knowledge on our interests.

Some initial questions I’d like to address:

  • What is the relationship between redistributed manufacturing and circular economy?
  • What is the role of community-based digital fabrication workshops (eg housing additive technologies) in bridging between these areas?
  • How can open design, open innovation and open source, contribute to a RDM / CE?
  • How can redistributed manufacturing practices scale circular economy activities in business-to-consumer sectors?

Please share your ideas…

@Lars2i @TechnicalNature @cameralibre @unteem

Hi Sharon, I really don’t know how remanufacturing is discussed right now. Especially not in the realm of academia.

So I guess I can’t contribute much there. But how about, you give a small input on it. The current state of ideas, examples and problems. And then I give a small one on Open Source.

And then we have an open discussion on

“How can open design, open innovation and open source contribute to RDM?”

Pretty open.

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Hey @Lars2i ,

I think it doesn’t matter if we don’t have all the answers…that’s the whole reason for having the session.

Also, re-distributed manufacturing and remanufacturing are two different things.

Here, I am talking about redistributed manufacturing (RDM), which is about localisation and reshoring manufacturing to the ‘West’, driven by the upsurge in additive technologies (3D-printing) as well as the increasing digitisation of manufacturing…which is very relevant for what we are doing and I think we need to have a handle on this topic, to be credible.

Remanufacturing, on the other hand, is a standardised industrial process where products are disassembled (often to component level) and are reassembled into new products, in as good as new or better than new condition. Often, these products are sold with a new product code and with the same warranty as the first product.

For the workshop, I think what you suggest is good, but I do want to have a bit more structure around the open discussion, to make it a slightly more rigorous research excercise so that we get some answers to the questions we want answers to…

Ah, thanks for clarification.

The concept of the workshop is still a bit abstract. But how about this structure:

(1) Input from you
About RDM where you end on 3 or more open questions/problems of RDM.

(2) Input from me
Briefly about Open Source, current state and some problems.

(3) Group discussion
We go through the questions you ended with and try to find solutions to them using Open Source approaches.

Targeted outcome: A new set of open questions/problems, that need to be solved for elegant Open Source driven RDM.

What do you think?

The set of questions you provide could give structure.

How much time do we have?

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Yip, this is kind of what I was thinking too…

I will think about the hierarchy of questions in more depth so there is a logical progression. I don’t think we can answer all of these, but perhaps start to more fully understand some.

I think these activities can contribute to the research objective we set out in Berlin during the summer. This and hopefully I will have a Master’s student soon.

I’ll email again and see how much time we can have and how many people are likely to attend these workshops.

Update: this is the overview that will be sent out to the participants. I am happy with it apart from question three, which I think is too broad.

Workshop Title:
Design, Open Source, Redistributed Manufacturing and Circular Economy

The workshop aims to explore the overlaps between re-distributed manufacturing in relation to open design, open innovation, open source and circular economy topics.

After a short introduction, the participants, broken into groups, will discuss sub-questions and will finally come together for feedback and a group discussion at the end.

Questions are:

  1. What is the role of redistributed manufacturing in the circular economy?

  2. What is the role of community-based digital fabrication workshops (eg housing additive technologies) in bridging between these areas (RdM and CE)?

  3. How can open design, open innovation and open source, contribute to redistributed manufacturing and circular economy?

  4. How can redistributed manufacturing practices scale circular economy activities in business-to-consumer sectors?

Any thoughts…?

@Lars2i @Grit

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Thoughts: Prima stuff!
/ SFB sounds like a great occasion – I might have missed bits of information on: How much time do you have for this WS? Are people signing up or is it drop-in? Is it a parallel session ? Estimated guestimated numbers? …
= this would focus some thoughts better

WS title:
Might be good to add RDM to the title?

Exploring the overlaps RDM, OD, OS, CE is great – overlaps could be extended to ‘relationships’ (which is more complex, as this involved interactions in various levels (aka Feynman < for Sharon:)

For the Introduction - the most accessible ‘easy’ RDM case study example is (open desk) (have good field guides…)
combined with a small case study - Lars’ lamp?.
Possibly form arguments around themes [#process, #material, #skills_knowledge#standards (openstructures ecosystem “Structural build-up of OS structures” might be an interesting conversation starter) …] to AGREE or DISAGREE with or ‘FREESTYLE’

The method #Sustmake (adopted ‘worldcafe’) could work super well - depending on numbers ect

(1) One question per table
• questions above (will add my notes
• to discuss and map in balanced group sizes (30-45min / depending on time available overall)
• each table appoints 1 (-2) ‘representatives’

(2) Group rotate while ‘representatives’ stick with their table
• each will be presented with the material that has been discussed and mapped at each table (by ‘representative’)
• each group contributes , one after the other, to each question (15-20min) => material evolving, versioning, …

/ for Question 1-4, especially 3. “How can open design, open innovation and open source, contribute to a RDM / CE?”
Reference : Open Source @RSA Maker summit #5 & #6 this week #RSAmake
** 1:14:45** Tom Greenham @TonyGreenham asks Vinay Gupta @leashless (strong supporter of decentralised power , open source, …)
“What forms of knowledge management do we need in this new economy?” “ How can we balance this reward for the creator and support the very existence of these creators , that needs financial resources” - How can we balance that without creating barriers around knowledge (IP, trademarking, … 19/20th century business model ‘mantrap’ ?”

Hope this makes sense … ?
@sharmarval @Lars2i


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/not sure how to edit my reply¿ /
link @RSA Maker summit #5 & #6

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[/quote] @sharmarval CRC 1026 of course – sounds really good :grinning:

Thanks @Grit this is very helpful!

thanks @Grit

btw. there should be a little pen icon under your post. if you click on it, you should be able to edit.

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Thanks @Lars2i
Isn’t it
How we sometimes don’t see
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Hey @Lars2i @Grit Thanks for this input it’s really good. What do you mean by ‘field guides’?

We received the programme from Johannes and I am surprised to see there are actually four parallel workshops happening so I assume we will have quite a few participants…The other workshop is about business models run by IfM at Cambridge…

Timeframes: 135-150 minutes available to us, which I think is very long…

How about this break-down:

  1. Introduction: 30 mins
    Intro from @Lars2i on OSCE???
    Intro from Sharon on RdM and CMS project??? @Grit Is it okay to use some of the Making Futures slides as a starting point for my presentation? I will credit you of course.

  2. Working group sessions (world cafe style with facilitators and rotating groups): 60 mins
    Break: 10 Mins

  3. Feedback, group discussion and next steps: 30 mins

One reason for the event is to build collaborations and partnerships for future projects. So, for the feedback bit I think we would need to ask for three specific things to feedback eg. research gaps identified as well as two others???

  • maybe the feedback could be framed around current barriers, opportunities for research gaps ???

I’m a bit worried the overall questions are too complicated…

Also, what do the participants get from coming to the workshop?

  • write-up results on OSCE blog
  • potential collaborations

@TechnicalNature think it would be good to get your input here if you have ten mins.

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Hi @sharmarval , sounds like a good start.

Do you have questions for the world-cafe part? How many groups do you think should there be?

Some Ideas for questions:

  • If you would use Open Source to make RdM work? How would you do it? (How to share knowledge around OSHW?)
  • What risks entail the Open Source approach for RdM and how could they be overcome?
  • Design guides for open RdM? (Implications for standards etc.)

OSHW & OSCEdays Introduction
In the opening I would explain what is OSHW - show the definition and show Arduino as an example and Open PCR maybe. Then the OSCEdays - the question it has - the definitions and practices of open source and circular economy are pretty close - in theory.

Then I would like to emphasize two things/problems of OSHW that IMO should touch RdM as well.

One: You can’t copy it as easy as software and it is hard to develop collaboration tools for it, but @jbonvoisin (who will probably be in the room with us) starts to work on it. See:

And two: The use of standard parts in design to make decentralized collaboration work. I would show Open Structures the page and then my lamp (Hiebo Two) and the problems it has: Which is mostly its “ugliness”.

These are both strong and really open questions. I think it will take me between 15 and 20 min. to present them. Too long?

I just emailed Johannes to see if he has an idea of numbers of attendees.

Okay, I think this is what we need to work on tomorrow…I think we can’t make it too complicated…which it probably is at the moment? Also, how are the questions we are asking relate back to the overall purpose of what we are doign and how does that interest participants.

Johannes thinks around 10-20 people at the workshop.

Hey guys, great work and opportunity!

I would say a key focus area/ perhaps that links all areas could be learning & knowledge exchange around these topics - how and where?

  • Instigating the move to look for it, question in the first place
  • Finding where to go
  • What type of form/s should it take?

Particularly around RdM / CE / OSHW - this all seems to be fairly distributed in itself - also learning from current manufacturing, in CE and efficiency etc.

This also could help to think about where outcomes from the workshop could go, development of OSCEdays platforms and linking to others.

Hope of some use :wink:

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@Lars2i can you post the link to the hackpad here? I can’t find it and would like to write a blog about the workshop.

Update: it’s okay, I found it:

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