3D Printing, Policing and Crime

QUT Crime Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre Briefing Paper Series 1; ISBN 978-0-9874678-6-7

7 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2018

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Angela Daly

University of Strathclyde - School of Law; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Monique Mann

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 12, 2018

Abstract

This CJRC briefing paper provides background information on the intersections of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, policing, and crime. It focuses on the opportunities and challenges of this technological innovation. Specifically, this report canvasses the role of 3D printing as a tool, as a source of evidence, and as a potential threat for police agencies and wider public safety. The emergence of 3D printed firearms is discussed in depth, and an overview of case studies where 3D firearms or firearm parts have been located and investigated by police is included. Finally, the legal and enforcement models implemented to address 3D printing technology to date in different jurisdictions are reviewed.

Keywords: 3D Printing, Crime, 3D Printed Firearms, Intellectual Property, Policing

JEL Classification: K00, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Daly, Angela and Mann, Monique, 3D Printing, Policing and Crime (July 12, 2018). QUT Crime Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre Briefing Paper Series 1; ISBN 978-0-9874678-6-7, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3239823

Angela Daly (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - School of Law ( email )

Lord Hope Building
John Anderson Campus 141 St. James' Rd
Glasgow G4 0LT, Scotland G4 0LT
United Kingdom

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221
Tilburg, 5037
Netherlands

Monique Mann

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

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