3D printed manufacturing

By | March 18, 2013
Look +Nils Hitze ! It's the dawn of 3D printed manufacturing for something more serious than just action figures. Which is quite exciting.

But even if the gun manufacture and sale licensing issues are solved, open questions remain (of course, that is no surprise):

1. How is patent rights to printed guns going to be resolved? Who is liable for infringement?

2. Who, if anyone, should regulate what can be printed and what not?

3. Does printing of products with a specific functionality necessitate possession of a certain license, even if the product does not match any previously known design?

…and so on… 

3D-printed gun site Defense Distributed gets official with license to make & sell firearms
3D-printed gun site Defense Distributed has obtained a federal license to manufacture and sell firearms,

7 thoughts on “3D printed manufacturing

  1. Ryein Goddard

    Invariable as technology evolves the power of the individual increases.  This is just the first small dose of what is to come.  I see more powerful energy sources and dynamic semi intelligent robots scaring a lot of people.

  2. Sophie Wrobel

    +john williamson it wouldn't be the first time… various groups have tried to make ISPs responsible for online music piracy… with varying degrees of success… which follows the same absurd non-logic that blaming 3D-printing companies would.

  3. john williamson

    That would be like blaming my lathe and mill if I were to start manufacturing Colt firearms. I agree that patent holders may be crazy enough to try this, ie. Mansanto, but the real responsible party is whoever does the printing. 

  4. Sophie Wrobel

    +john williamson but there is a difference in practice: who is infringing? If it's the printer company, there's one central entity to sue. So it pays off. If you have to sue every single customer separately… well, unless you're Monsanto, it isn't worth the legal cost to sue. Gene testing in Europe is a good example of lucrative business which infringes willfully with every test for certain genes, but no one is going to bother coming after because it isn't worth the cost.

  5. john williamson

    I don't think the method of production has any effect on patent laws. If I machine a patented item (subtractive) or if I print one (additive) or if I weave something (constructive) there is no difference under the law. Mine must be unique or I will be infringing. 


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