This technology has been around for a while – mostly used by designers and engineers to conceptualize and test prototypes. But, as 3D printers become cheaper and more sophisticated, might it begin to revolutionize not only the world of retail but also DIY? What are the opportunities and potential pitfalls for entrepreneurs? Lawyers like Alan Rothenbuecher are already advising firms on how to handle the growing number of IP issues that crop up in relation to 3D printing.
TMBA also talks to one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Tobias Andersson, about why he thinks 3D printing is going to have the same impact on design as file-sharing sites have had on the music business.
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
- Why Ian decided to buy a 3D printer. (2:32)
- What kind of impact 3D printing may have on the future of commerce. (4:30)
- Ways that small businesses can protect their intellectual property with the rise of 3D printing. (10:25)
- Why traditional contractual agreements are still going to be an important part of 3D printing manufacturing. (17:02)
- How bigger businesses are starting to prepare for this technology. (20:02)
Mentioned in the episode:
- The Dynamite Circle
- The Pirate Bay
- Ice Miller
- Tesla Motors
- Elon Musk
- Tobias Andersson on Twitter
- Jane Beresford on Twitter
Enjoyed this podcast? Check out these:
- TMBA250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product
- TMBA265: Visiting China – Why Entrepreneuers Travel to the Canton Fair
- TMBA236: Thoughts on Getting Your First Product Manufactured in China
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