By Ambika Khanna* 3D printing (3DP), a critical emerging technology, has come into the limelight in the last decade. Industries such as pharmaceuticals, bio-medicine, aviation and automobiles have rapidly adopted 3D printing. Space agencies such as NASA and India’s ISRO have been using 3DP components in spacecrafts. Its use is becoming so pervasive, that the 3DP industry is expected to grow dramatically from $9.9 billion in 2018 to $42.9 billion by 2025.
However, in spite of its huge potential and significance for the digital economy, there is no global policy on 3DP. While it has mostly escaped relevant regulation in countries such as India, in some countries the regulation is centered only around singular sectors such as medical devices. Now, industries across the board and round the world are looking at 3DP to define the future of technology, and governments must focus their attention on regulating 3DP as a whole, and sector-wise wherever the need arises. This is especially relevant as different countries are at different stages of adoption of 3D technology, greatly varying from sector to sector. The countries leading in the implementation and regulation of 3DP are China, the U.S. and the EU. China, has been working […]
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