3D Printing

Legal, Philosophical and Economic Dimensions

  • Bibi van den Berg
  • Simone van der Hof
  • Eleni Kosta

Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Bibi van den Berg
    Pages 1-7
  3. Legal and Regulatory Issues in 3D Printing

  4. Social, Political and Philosophical Implications of 3D Printing

  5. Economics, Innovation and 3D Printing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Jonathan Coopersmith
      Pages 137-152
    3. Thierry Rayna, Ludmila Striukova
      Pages 153-166
    4. Peter Troxler, Caspar van Woensel
      Pages 183-212

About this book


The book in front of you is the first international academic volume on the legal, philosophical and economic aspects of the rise of 3D printing. 
In recent years 3D printing has become a hot topic. Some claim that it will revolutionize production and mass consumption, enabling consumers to print anything from clothing, automobile parts and guns to various foods, medication and spare parts for their home appliances. This may significantly reduce our environmental footprint, but also offers potential for innovation and creativity. 
At the same time 3D printing raises social, ethical, regulatory and legal questions. If individuals can print anything they want, how does this affect existing systems of intellectual property rights? What are the societal consequences of the various types of products one can print with a 3D printer, for example weapons? Should all aspects of 3D printing be regulated, and if so, how and to what ends? How will businesses (have to) change their way of working and their revenue model in light of the shift to printing-on-demand? How will the role of product designers change in a world where everyone has the potential to design their own products? These and other questions are addressed in high quality and in-depth contributions by academics and experts, bringing together a wide variety of academic discussions on
3D printing from different disciplines as well as presenting new views, broadening the discussion beyond the merely technical dimension of 3D printing.

Bibi van den Berg is Associate Professor at eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Simone van der Hof is Full Professor at eLaw in Leiden and Eleni Kosta is Associate Professor at TILT, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.


3D Printing Law and IT Intellectual Property Law Philosophy of Technology Economics and Business Models

Editors and affiliations

  • Bibi van den Berg
    • 1
  • Simone van der Hof
    • 2
  • Eleni Kosta
    • 3
  1. 1.eLaw (Center for Law & Digital Tech.,)Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.eLaw (Center for Law & Digital Tech.,)Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.TILTTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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