3D Printing as a Method for Distributed Manufacturing

Session synopsis

As we continue to adjust to life impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, collaboration and remote work have become the new normal. Access to international travel and importation of manufactured products have been affected by once-in-a-generation levels of restriction, globally. A glaring outcome of the pandemic however, is the evident global over-reliance on China for manufacturing, as efforts to contain the pandemic halted production in several Chinese factories. 3D printing is the popular term for additive manufacturing. It is a process of creating solid objects directly from digital files by pouring successive layers of a three-dimensional form continuously on a two-dimensional plane until the entire product has been fabricated. Its low-level technical know-how requirements and material precision make it ideal for managing and decentralizing the supply chain by manufacturing at different locations before bringing parts together for assembly at a project site. In this session, we will explore the potentials of 3D printing for creating value at geographically dispersed locations, and as an innovative method for distributed manufacturing. By highlighting milestones achieved globally in 3D printing, the session will discuss its usefulness in the construction industry as a method for decentralized, collaborative manufacturing.

Why should people attend?

In this session, you will learn more about the 3D printing process as a sustainable means of production, how it impacts the design process, and principles for designing for manufacture and assembly. Other subject areas that will be discussed include:
  • The process and software requirements for small scale 3D printing;
  • Open source techniques for decentralized manufacturing through 3D printing, and peer-based production;
  • Examples of real-life applications of 3D printing both in construction and collaborative production/manufacturing;
  • The advantages and inherent disadvantages of collaboration and additive manufacturing with 3D printing;
  • How 3D printing can influence and boost independent production;
  • The applications of 3D printing for enabling customization and complexity through rapid prototyping;
  • How 3D printing can become a more sustainable means of production by reducing material wastageHighlights of 3D printing applications in other industries, and lessons that can be learned from them.




  • Akpezi Victoria Ikede
    Akpezi Victoria Ikede
    BIM Manager - ATO Architects

    Victoria Ikede is the BIM Manager and Assistant ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Representative (QMR) at ATO Architects Limited.

    She has over nine years’ experience as an architect working with BIM tools and has been instrumental in driving digital innovation at ATO Architects.

    She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Nigeria and is a recipient of the 2016 NDDC Scholarship Award for Postgraduate Studies. Earning her Master’s Degree from the Sheffield School of Architecture with Distinction, Victoria gained significant teaching and research experience in the fields of Building Information Modelling, Virtual Reality, Computational Design, Photogrammetry, Digital Fabrication, Rapid prototyping and Energy Simulations.

    She was a panelist at the 2019 West African Digital Conference, and 2019 9H Talk Series on ‘Crossing Borders and Building Bridges’ featuring several industry experts including Bill Bates, the 2019 President of the American Institute of Architects.

    She is an active member of the BIM Africa community in Nigeria.


Oct 20 2020

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