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Hi-Tech: 3D printing opens up IP can of worms | Luigi Benetton

Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 3:11 PM | By Luigi Benetton

Three-dimensional printing can be used to create all sorts of physical objects, from small toys to entire houses. Whole economies may be transformed if it’s cheaper to print products near where they’re sold instead of importing from faraway lands, and the effects on society don’t end there. Three-dimensional printing is also called additive manufacturing. It shapes raw materials into the desired form without the waste caused by subtractive manufacturing, or machining, where machines cut pieces of raw material to create objects.

As it becomes more widespread,...