3d Printing And The 3d Printer's New Found Popularity Comes With A Price

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In 1986 Charles Hull invented the 3D printer (Lewis). Hull’s 3D printer has come a long way since then, and in all those years 3D printing has finally shifted its way into the public eye. This bout of fame and recognition for printers though is both a blessing as well as a curse. 3D printers are finally being given the attention and appreciation they deserve; even President Obama saw their potential when he gave a $30 million dollar grant to the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Ohio (Lewis). Unfortunately, the 3D printer’s new found popularity comes with a price. Like any budding young star the 3D printer is under constant scrutiny and has lost some of the freedom it once had, freedoms like exemption from intellectual property laws. 3D printer’s have not exactly been completely exempt from intellectual property laws, so much as they just were not known about or seen as a threat by copyright owners. Now, as 3D printing continues to grow, many are questioning where 3D printing stands with intellectual property laws. The problem with intellectual property laws is that they breed fear among artists, not creativity. As a new and still quickly developing technology, 3D printing should be exempt from the harsh weight of intellectual property laws, at least until it has become a fully developed and commonplace item; this way printers can continue to grow unrestrained.

II. Cons

Exempting 3D printers from intellectual property laws may possibly lead to a…

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