As 3D printing continues to gather momentum, it appears that even the big wheels might be starting to turn in the UK – at least if the country’s leaders take on board Andrew Sissons’ and Spencer Thompson’s report titled Three Dimensional Policy: Why Britain needs a policy framework for 3D. It is a thought provoking study on 3D printing’s potential to provide a competitive edge within manufacturing and stimulate economic growth – especially in and for the UK.
Identifying the opportunities and the challenges posed by 3D printing reaching a mass market the report stresses that “time is of the essence,” because “ there may be big first mover advantages for countries that adopt 3D printing early.”
The report is designed to stimulate debate at the higher echelons of industry and government and puts forward the critical issues:
- Intellectual property
- Legal responsibility