3D-Printing Generates Hope, Challenges and Fear

Part and parcel of the growth of any revolutionizing technology are the good and the bad; its benefits as well as risks, so is it with 3D-printing, which generates hope for the industry, and also valid fear among authorities..

First the good. 3D-printing is capturing a growing market in Korea.

This year’s formnext powered by tct featured a pavilion dedicated to a select few companies in the growing Korean 3D printing market. As one such company, A.Team Ventures explained, it can be a challenge for manufacturers in the region to make themselves known on the global 3D printing stage. – Read more at:

The formnext is a yearly international exhibition and conference event that gathers the world’s elite in 3D printing and experience multiple global market leaders making their premieres.

Now for some challenges, in particular, the use of color.

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Over the past couple of years, hackers have been pushing the limits of the technology by working with ever more exotic filament materials and exploring novel and innovative ways to make multi-colored 3D prints. One of the areas lagging behind the revolution, however, is finishing the 3D print into a final product. […] We ought to be able to print ink directly to a 3D printed object. - Read more at:

Another challenge of 3D-printing for commercial use is the matter on infringing upon intellectual property rights – a potential risk for both designers and consumers alike, as Tech Crunch reported.

Most of the designers and consumers utilizing 3D printing services probably aren’t too concerned about intellectual property (IP) infringement. Designers might feel this way because they aren’t yet making much money off their designs (they’re still small fish), they’re creating what they believe to be original designs, they’re unaware of anyone ever getting caught infringing or they just don’t care (some regard the maker community as being anti-IP). - Read more at:

On a different level, 3D-pritning is open to a graver threat. In Australia, authorities fear a future wherein 3D-printing could be taken advantage by criminals.

A report by Herald Sun quoted Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Ramzi Jabbour as telling them, “3D Printing can be used to produce anything from handbags and shoes to drugs, and uranium centrifuges.” “Criminals will be able to manipulate physical objects and potentially edit DNA.

The ability to use future technologies to copy fingerprints and edit DNA will present challenges to existing forensic capabilities and require police to develop new forensic evidence techniques.” - Read more at:

Despite the challenges and risks posed by 3D-printing, the hope is that in due time, these will be addressed by continuous innovation and new processes on the part of manufacturers and other specialists, and preventive measures as well on the part of authorities.

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