3D Printing and intellectual property

Copyright, brands, patents, designs & models: what are your rights in Europe and the United-States?



Intellectual property: what you should know

Intellectual property (IP)  is a major concern when it comes to any industrial or artistic creation. You have to be aware that additive manufacturing is not an exception. You actually may have IP issues if you want to 3D print a 3D design. There are a lot of informations you need to know before using the 3D printing technology, if you are planning to print a model that is not yours. The model that you may want to print is certainly not right-free, and we want you to make the most of the potential of 3D printing, without any problems with justice. Before sending a CAD file to a 3D printer, you'll have to make sure that the model is not protected by a copyright, because you just can't print the work of someone else.

You have to know the IP law, that is here to protect your personal data if you create a 3D design, but also the personal data of other authors. The more you know about these rules, the more you'll use them efficiently. 


Do you know your rights when it comes to design and 3D printing?

Do you know how to protect your 3D printing design? How to share your creation while ensuring your copyright? Are you certain you're allowed to print that 3D model?

If you're in doubt, this ebook is for you. Additive manufacturing is a gold mine for creative possibilities... but also for fraudulent copies. How to protect your creation when the technology allows for exact replicas of pretty much any object without traceability ?

This is a key issue of the Third Industrial Revolution. The legal framework lacks precision, which gives leeway for copyright abuses.

The 3D printing industry can't escape from any intellectual property law, and this ebook will certainly help you with all of the IP issues that you could have. You'll know all you have to know about copyright infringement and all the precautions you should take!  


Laws do exist already to protect and regulate this digital market. There are no doubts they will evolve and gain in relevance in the next few years, while 3D printing reaches a larger public through the action of large companies.

In the mid time, whether you practice in the United-States or in Europe, this ebook offers a clear understanding of the legal framework. It is one of the most accomplished content on the subject, with more than 40 pages to guide you through several possible cases.

For the durability of our industry, we strongly believe that building precise and intelligible copyright protections is a key challenge. We hope this ebook can serve as a basis for reflection for the elaboration of a thriving legal framework for creators.


What you will learn is this ebook

This ebook is for all the users of 3D printing and all the future users of this technology! Here's what you will find in this ebook, to help you to avoid IP infringements:


  • What are intellectual property rights?

  • Application of french intellectual property rights to 3D printing

  • 3D printing technology and U.S rights

  • Application of U.S intellectual property rights


Thanks to this ebook, you'll be able to upload your CAD file on our online 3D printing service, and you'll be sure that you'll not print the copyrighted object of someone else.

Happy discovery!