3-D Printing and Product Liability: Identifying the Obstacles
Nora Freeman Engstrom
Stanford Law School
October 30, 2013
University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, Vol. 162, No. 35, 2013
Though just in its infancy, 3-D printing seems poised to transform the goods we buy, the products we use, and the world we inhabit. A question frequently raised about 3-D printing, though, is how product liability law will apply to 3-D-printed goods. Tackling that important and timely question, this Essay applies contemporary product liability law to defective products from home 3-D printers. The analysis reveals that if home 3-D printing really does take off, PL litigation as we know it may well, in large measure, dry up. And if it doesn’t, the technology threatens to unsettle the theoretical justification for product liability law’s development.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: product liability, 3-D printing, strict liability, design defectsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 1, 2013
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