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Copyrighting 3D Models – How Can I Protect My 3D Printing Designs?

Back to top In the world of 3D printing, what’s considered to be IP infringement? What are the legal concerns? What can you do to protect your own IP? Why Is Intellectual Property in 3D Printing Important? Jewelry is just one (small) sector of the money-making 3D printing industry. Source: LIFIC / Shapeways 3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing, has existed since the 1980s, when it was mainly used in industrial applications. As most of the early patented technology has expired, the renewed technology has come into reach of millions of consumers. In 2018, the world’s demand for 3D printing reached approximately $12 billion, and it is estimated to be worth close to $33 billion by 2023. So why is intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing important? The short answer is, money. In the following, we take a look the chaotic world of 3D printing IP, in […]

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