3D printing is rapidly becoming a viable production method, advancing from its origins as a ‘rapid-prototyping’ technology. However, advances in 3D printing technology indicate that 3D printing machines will proliferate in corporate manufacturing and the homes of consumers.

In this article in the journal Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Robert Esmond, Ph.D. and Graham Phero explain some of the unique challenges to the owners of intellectual property rights presented by 3D printing.

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