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3D printing is technology that can turn digital files into physical reality. Design an object in a free program like Blender or Google Sketchup, or just use a 3D scanner to create a file. Once you have the file, send it to your 3D printer and wait for it to appear.
Like the Internet before it, 3D printing has the potential to be a revolutionary, disruptive technology. Because it allows people to create, copy, and modify objects, it will also have a large impact on our existing intellectual property laws.
Unfortunately, also like the Internet before it, large incumbents may come to view this disruptive technology as a threat, and try to call people who use it pirates and thieves. That is why Public Knowledge is focusing on 3D printing now, before Congress starts hearing from the incumbents. By highlighting the benefits of 3D printing, we hope to make Congress think twice before passing laws to restrict this amazing technology.
Public Knowledge is connecting the entrepreneurs behind the incredible innovations of 3D printing to policymakers in DC so that their voice is heard and this exciting new technology has the chance to flourish without being stifled.
PK Vice President Michael Weinberg wrote two white papers on the topic, It Will Be Awesome If They Don't Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight over the Next Great Disruptive Technology and What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing
Watch highlights from Public Knowledge’s 3D/DC conference.