Is it illegal to 3D print a 3D printer?

3D printing offers a wealth of innovation and opportunity but at the same time as with so many technological advancements, the law is unprepared for its effects in its current format. So, 3D printing itself is not illegal but some of its consequences might be especially in terms of intellectual property law.

Is it illegal to sell 3D prints?

You can sell 3D prints from Thingiverse as long as you have the adequate copyright status or explicit permission from the original creator of the design. There are designated websites built to sell 3D printed items, and they ensure you have the correct rights to the sold products.

Is it legal to sell 3D models?

No. Even if a model is available free of cost, it is still protected by copyright. You can’t sell it or give it away without permission from the rights holder.

Are 3D printers illegal Australia?

The Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 made it illegal to possess digital files that can be used to manufacture firearms on “3D printers or electronic milling machines”.

Is 3D printing complicated?

3D printing is quite hard, especially for beginners. It requires creativity, math, and computer-aided design (CAD) skills to master. However, once you have the necessary hardware and software, modeling skills, and an understanding of how this technology works, 3D printing becomes easier.


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