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3D Printing’s time has come – so IP protection is crucial


3D printing has enjoyed a lot of airtime during the coronavirus crisis. It is also rapidly developing, writes Alasdair Poore, head of Intellectual Property at law firm Mills & Reeve’s Cambridge office. These features make Intellectual Property highly relevant, both as a business opportunity and a potential risk.


While not a new phenomenon, 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is increasingly being utilised as a key manufacturing tool and has been adopted into the manufacturing processes of a number of industries, most notably the automotive sector. Examples of its use stretch from parts for F1 racing cars and aeroplanes through to use in medicine and dentistry to consumer items including jewellery. Perhaps more engagingly, it has reached the wider public with toys and make-it kits for children and adults. During the coronavirus pandemic there has been an exceptional demand for PPE and 3D printing has stepped up to the mark. […]

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