Protecting original 3D printed designs from unauthorised copying will increasingly become an issue.

Adrian Mars : journalist
The advent of 3d printing brings with it many legal uncertainties. Just as digital photography was accompanied by a significant ease for unauthorized copying, so will consumer 3d printers. In October of 2012, the US passed the first patent law for 3d printing, but continued legal breaches are sure to accompany the novelty of 3d printing into mass consumption.

Dezeen, 2012