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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

Abstract:     
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.

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Keywords: product liability, 3-D printing, strict liability, design defects

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Date posted: November 1, 2013  

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Engstrom, Nora Freeman, 3-D Printing and Product Liability: Identifying the Obstacles (October 30, 2013). University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, Vol. 162, No. 35, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2347757

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