3D Printing and Additive Manufacture:
Myths, Facts and the Future


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A Free Public Seminar presented by the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and RMIT University.

As the technology underpinning 3D printing accelerates, claims of what it can do – print guns – and what it will do – undermine IP rights – are being widely discussed. In this seminar we hear a balanced and sober account from one of Australia’s leading researchers in the field of 3D printing and Additive Manufacture. Dr Martin Leary from the RMIT University Advanced Manufacturing Precinct will present on the current state-of-the-art of 3D printing and Additive Manufacture, and will discuss myths, facts and possible futures for this fascinating disruptive technology. Patent attorney Greg Munt from Griffith Hack will then reflect on what this means for designs protected by copyright and registered designs.


Dr Martin Leary
Senior Lecturer
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
RMIT University

Dr Martin Leary is an expert in the field of Additive Manufacture; in particular utilising state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities in the RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (AMP). His current focus is applied research for industry benefit, including novel algorithms and software to automate design optimisation. Recent commercial outcomes and IP development include: optimisation of seating architecture for the Tesla Model S Electric Vehicle; structurally optimised Additive Manufacture components for aerospace partners; 3D printed medical simulades for cancer treatment planning and just-in-time customised medical implant design.


Greg Munt
Principal, Patent Attorney
Griffith Hack

Greg Munt has nearly 30 years of experience as a registered patent attorney and registered trade mark attorney, and has a wide ranging intellectual property practice, focused on patents. Greg has a long-standing involvement with a range of Australian and overseas clients who work in the fields of mining and downstream processing of iron ore and other metal-containing ores, the production of metals and metal alloys, power generation from solar energy (via photovoltaics), nanoparticles, physical chemistry (including ceramics and metals), composites, roofing and other fabricated products used in the building industry, and the production of plastics and paperboard packaging products.

Continuing Professional Development

Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

If this particular educational activity is relevant to your professional development, improving your practice and service to your clients, you may be able to claim CPE hours. Please refer to the Professional Standards Board Website and its guidelines on CPE.


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Refreshments from 5.30pm

Melbourne Law School
Lecture Theatre G08 (Ground Floor)
185 Pelham Street,

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Mr James Davis
Ph: +61 3 8344 2153
Fax: +61 3 8344 2111
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