Consumer concerns around 3D printing

The use of 3D printers is increasing in dwellings and companies in Europe although few of us have one.

Jennifer in London asks: “While 3D printing is growing quickly in popularity, this new technology also raises concerns about product safety, consumer protection or trademark infringement. How should those issues be addressed by EU policy makers?”

The Newsgroup for the Digital Society answers, per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia: “3D printing has been around since the 80’s but what happened recently is that patents are expiring, so 3D printers are currently becoming a consumer product.

“So, there are great expectations that 3D printers might be personal item nearly like photo printers and colour printers that exist in most dwellings. Now, this will interrupt the market for production for instance, you won’t desire plants that are big, you print them and can distribute products electronically online.