Following up the success of its first, medical device-focused 3D printing white paper, 3D Printing of Medical Devices:  When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles, Reed Smith’s 3D Printing Task Force has now launched a second edition of its 3D printing publication white paper addressing 3D printed products more broadly:  3D Printing of Manufactured Goods: An Updated Analysis.  This new edition complements and expands on the issues raised by the first edition, and examines the legal ramifications and risks associated with all aspects of 3D printing and the different products that this novel technology is capable of creating.  While the technology is still in its infancy and the law is untested in many respects, understanding the legal issues is the first step to avoiding potential pitfalls for anyone associated with 3D printing, from designers, to manufactures, to sellers, to consumers.

The white paper chapters address a wide range of developing legal, safety and security issues, including:

  •  Constitutional Issues (regarding 3D printed guns)
  •  Commercial Litigation
  •  Product Liability
  •  3D Printing/Component Parts/Raw Materials
  •  Insurance Issues
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • Data Privacy
  •  Environmental Safety

The first and second editions of these white papers are meant to be a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on the legal issues involved in 3D printing.  As the law and technology develops, new and updated chapters will be released, with the prior editions serving as building blocks.

To read the new 3D printing white paper, click here.