Through my work with makerspace resources, I came across this new campaign by the ALA, Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy. It is a great tool to frame discussions on the issues around 3D printing such as intellectual property, intellectual freedom, safety concerns, and product liability.
The biggest issue that stimulates the need for public policy on this topic is illustrated here:
“As this technology takes off, a growing number of people will gain the ability to create and market complex and potentially dangerous products” (ALA, 2014, p. 2).
It was interesting to see this article looking towards pharmaceutical product printing at home and the question of whether libraries would be liable for user products printed at a library: The answer is unclear as “courts have yet to interpret product liability in the context of 3D printing” (p. 2).
Lots of issues to look at as 3D printers continue to gain prominence in libraries.
American Library Association (2014, September). Progress in the making: An introduction to 3D printing and public policy, 1. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/3d_printing_tipsheet_version_8_Final.pdf