Observations on the Application of Products Liability Law to 3D Printed Technology

Courtney A. Stevens, Esq. | Senior Attorney, Medmarc Loss Control

Yesterday I spoke on the products liability implications of 3D printing in the life sciences industry at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York, New York. In preparing for my presentation and attending the conference, several fundamental Inside 3D printing.JPGchallenges for products liability law in adapting to this transformative technology became apparent to me, and I provide some of my observations below.

Products liability is an area of tort law that developed in part as a way of incentivizing product manufacturers to ensure the safety of their products by imposing legal liability and financial responsibility on them if their products harm users. In its faltering application to 3D printer “users,” this rationale offers one example of how traditional products liability law doesn’t seem to quite ‘fit’ the new designer-manufacturer-user construction that 3D printing brings about. Continue reading “Observations on the Application of Products Liability Law to 3D Printed Technology”