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3D printing could extend lifetime of products

3D printing could extend lifetime of products

Written by David

October 22, 2020

Manufacturers could reduce their contribution to environmental waste and extend the lifetime of their products to the benefit of consumers by embracing 3D printing, but they would need to carefully monitor the potential impact this could have on product safety, legal experts have said.

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Andrew Masterson and Sophia Hytiris of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, welcomed the publication of a new report on 3D printing of spare parts for consumer appliances by the UK’s Office for Product and Safety Standards (OPSS) but warned o f potential implications for product safety should 3D printing of spare parts by consumers grow in prominence. At a time when policy makers and regulators around the world are driving a ‘green agenda’ this potential to reduce the number of items going to landfill is to be welcomed, and could potentially be further tied into a broader reuse and recycling of materials by […]

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