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3D Printing and the Law

While there is expected to be continued significant industrial adoption of 3D printing now that the initial hype has died down, its use at home is largely unregulated. One of the key issues that surrounds any emerging technology is its capacity to outpace legislation.

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Although this freedom for individuals to produce almost anything at will is a boon to our creativity, there also needs to be an element of responsibility applied to any manufacturing process. 3D printing offers the opportunity for individuals who have gained access to print files for guns to manufacture their own firearms, bypassing the requirements in some states to register their weapons with the relevant authorities or undertake the required background checks. 3D printed weapons are also largely immune to metal detection, though the Undetectable Firearms Act of 2013 makes it a legal requirement for a metal plate to […]

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