There’s a great short article on the BBC site teeing up some of the issues we’ll be discussing here at Law in the Making:

Thanks to 3D printers, budding counterfeiters could soon create parts or goods themselves. The problem for authorities is that copying physical objects is not always illegal. (link)

As the article notes, the problem is that, unlike most cases of music piracy, copying 3D objects is often not illegal at all. It’s a situation more akin to the invention of the printing press than the launch of Napster. Stay tuned!

3D Piracy

There’s an interesting article on Venture Beat about some pretty old-school piracy already being seen in the 3D printing world. Stealing design files? Call me when it’s the Death Star plans. From the article: What happens to designs when anyone…

Innovation and iRobot

Following on the last post about whether a lack of R&D will kill 3D printing, recently, iRobot filed a patent application for what is almost an ‘automatic espresso machine’ of 3D printing – a stab at a fully autonomous printer.…

Too Little Spending on R&D?

Yep, posting ahead of the site’s launch… what can I say, we’re super cutting edge. There’s a really interesting article by Ashlee Vance at Businessweek published yesterday questioning whether a lack of R&D and innovation will kill the 3D printing…