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The European Parliament has issued a non-binding resolution about 3D printing on 3 July, questioning the suitability of current EU regulations. CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, has said that the resolution could stifle innovation in 3D printing and lead to increased regulation.
The European Parliament's resolution entitled ‘Three-dimensional printing: intellectual property rights and civil liability’, was adopted by with 631 votes in favour, 27 against, and 19 abstentions. It underlines the advantages of 3D printing for the economy and society, the production status achieved by 3D printing in various sectors and the need for new rules supporting faster certification for parts in the manufacturing process.
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The resolution also suggests a potential revision of the Liability and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regulatory framework for 3D printing within the EU, and turns its attention to the feasibility of national copyright levy systems for 3D printing.
However CECIMO, the European Association representing the common interests of the Machine Tool Industries, believes the European Parliament risks stifling...
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