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The Legality Of 3D Printing

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All this talk about 3D printing is fascinating and great for the additive manufacturing industry in terms of gaining publicity, however this also spawns a new threat for people who own 3D printers, businesses based off of making products from 3D printers, and people who just upload CAD files for the 3D printing community – the legal system.

 

“Valenty suddenly became an unwilling combatant in the next digital war: the fight over copying physical objects”.

 

People can recreate models on their computer software manually or even with a 3D scanner. This is where companies may take legal action, if a person has ‘copied’ their product. This has happened at least once already where someone (Valenty) had uploaded their designs to an online community, free to download and build. Games Workshop (a company that sells figurines) made the website remove Valenty’s designs.

 

I think that new laws may be put in place to regulate exactly what can and cannot be printed (at least in the consumer level of 3D printing). We have seen something like this before with Napster and that was shut down. I don’t think that 3D printing will be shutdown, but could be controlled. The problem with enacting these new laws, are that the major companies who are affected by the 3D printing also have influence on the laws and may restrict what can and can’t be built.

 

Hopefully it will not get to the point where someone can only build products or templates purchased from companies because 3D printing has way more potential than this. I just don’t want to see the freedom and creativity of 3D printing taken away by laws created by corporations.

 

How do you think laws will change the 3D printing industry at the consumer level?

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The university is the first one in the whole country to offer 3D printing to all of its students. UNR library first in nation to offer 3D printing campus wide (News 4 Reno), "In the arts, sciences and engineering, breakthroughs in learning or research often require going beyond pencil and paper.” As a current student studying engineering, I can attest to this. Many of my professors (especially for the design courses), will always tell you to use your creativity and ‘think outside the box’.

 

The students attending the University of Nevada will be able to print custom parts for things such as concept models, prototypes, and end-use parts. The director of the library, Ted Colegrove mentions, “It takes the library’s support of the learning and research missions of the University to a new level – beyond simple information exchange and consumption into knowledge-driven creation.”

 

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This (printing) process is capable of producing building components with a degree of customization that has not yet been seen." Dr. Richard Buswell of Loughborough University said this. It shows that a variety of materials are being researched and tested. The university is examining some non-conventional materials of 3D printing such as cement-based materials like concrete.

 

Future of Construction Process: 3D Concrete Printing (Po.st), Professor Simon Austin of Loughborough University said, “We have shown how additive manufacturing can be developed, to create large structures such as panels or walls, with precisely controlled voids within them.” These voids can be used for applications to house piping, cables, alter the design and mechanical properties of the concrete structure etc.

 

It may not look like the most aesthetically pleasing structure (at the moment), but hopefully not too long from now the extrusion method and accuracy will improve. The prototypes that have been made by Loughborough University have worked, so it’s good to know that the concept of 3D printing concrete is feasible.

 

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