In the recent years we observed a rapid growth in the law related matters on 3-D printing. Since
1990s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has helped a lot by investing
their money on 3-D printing and the military also has come to bandwagon to provide fund projects
for 3-D printed foods, weapons and etc. After this in 2012 the Department of Defence established
the first 3D printing research institute.
Paven Mohatra, a partner at Keker and Van Nest, observed a huge number of applicants rush
towards the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to file their claims on 3-D printing techniques and
systems. So it has granted 3,500 patents since 2003 created to 3-D printing. And Mohatra says that
the number of cases likely to increase as they are processed and approved. The first case related to
3-D printing was decided in 2014 by Federal Circuit.
The most important thing is that the legal community should have some resources so that they can
learn and engage with 3D printing law, because most of the law students and practising lawyers
might not be having more experience in this technology, so at that instance these resources might
One of the resources we should look upon is the background of 3D printing. So 3D printers are the
machines which can constitute any physical matter out of thin air, it can print in materials like
plastic, metal, cream, cement & etc. And soon it can be used i.,e 3D printers as home appliances
also. “A world in which everyone has advanced 3D printers at home or available in a public facility
is a world in which manufactured goods no longer have to be produced in bulk and are no longer
scarce”, says Stanford Law Professor Mark A. Lemley.
Laws related to 3D printing technology, for example 3D printing laws have some interests regarding
the suggestions of 3D printed guns in the second amendment. Most recently, 3D printers fall
undertake Press Clause’s. Intellectual property questions are high when it is related to patent and
copyright. Currently there is no official publication outlet for 3D printing law and there are no
books also relating to law and 3D printing. For law librarians, both students and professors who are
interested in this topic can check on 3D printing resources to learn about the technology used
behind 3D printing and 3D printed topics. They are releasing new 3D printed products everyday.
The 3D printing field is no longer the same as it was in the beginning it has developed a lot. Each
new 3D printed products which they release comes out with new disruption to current legal system.
So the scholars and thinkers related to law should think and identify this appearing field (i.e., 3D
printing) of 3D printing law. More efficient laws are to provided so that the crimes related to 3D
printing technology be reduced.