Das 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Niederrhein an der Hochschule Rhein-Waal forciert den Wissens-, Innovations- und Technologietransfer zwischen Forschung und Wirtschaft. In unterschiedlichen Veranstaltungsformaten für verschiedene Zielgruppen werden die Möglichkeiten additiver Fertigungsverfahren vorgestellt, neue technologische Entwicklungen präsentiert und ihre ökonomische und gesellschaftliche Relevanz diskutiert. Dafür wurde unter anderem die Vortragsreihe FabTalks initiiert, in der internationale Gastredner besonders innovative Aspekte der Digitalen Fabrikation einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit präsentieren. Parallel dazu führen wir gemeinsam mit der wir4-Wirtschaftsförderung die Veranstaltungsreihe Regio FabTalks Niederrhein durch.
4. Dezember 2017
FabTalk von Peter Troxler am Campus Kamp-Lintfort der Hochschule Rhein-Waal
“Fabbers develop new business models”
3D printing, scanning, laser cutting and more – digital manufacturing technologies are widely considered to be a prelude to the next industrial revolution. The 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Niederrhein features events designed to not only introduce digital fabrication technologies to new audiences, but also present cutting-edge developments in the field and discuss their current and future relevance for business and society. Our ‘Fab Talks’ are open presentations of interregional importance given by experts in the international FabLab network. On the 4th of December Peter Troxler will be our guest. His subject. “Fabbers develop new business models”.
When fabbers design their own business models, earning money is not the only central aspect. Rather, engaging with the wider community is important, too, as a recent study showed. This means that fabbers on the one hand try to accommodate community rules in their business models. On the other hand, the study showed that fabbers don’t only see their customers as belonging to a community, but also their suppliers, employees and even competitors. Fabbers develop new ways to share and exchange goods, services and knowledge as peers.
Peter Troxler is an independent researcher at the intersection of business administration, society and technology. Currently, his main focus is investigating and developing business models of open source anything – design, hardware, inventions – and the corresponding formats and ecologies of innovation and co-creation.
In addition to the organisational and interactional aspects of co-creation, he is also investigating how structural and societal conditions influence and are influenced by various forms of co-creation, one example being the current intellectual property and copyright regimes.
His general interest and expertise are in management systems, such as knowledge management, in the application of technologies, particularly Internet and Web 2.0 technology, to support the implementation of management systems, and in the overall architecture and design of the social, technological and commercial aspects of enterprises. I am equally intrigued by the challenges of investigating models that explain and applying these models to both companies as permanent and projects as temporary organisations.
Peter Troxler worked as a research manager in knowledge management and technologies at the University of Aberdeen and has been a researcher in industrial psychology at ETH Zurich. He has also worked in business as a senior consultant for Akronym GmbH and for GEC Alsthom (now Areva T&D) as an industrial engineer. Next to his business and academic assignments, he has helped to initiate various interdisciplinary cultural and artistic projects.