Jul 20, 2018 | By Thomas

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.

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 3D printing innovation by introducing more stringent regulations.

"In doing so, it disregards the negative impact of these measures on innovation, as well as significant economic inefficiencies – including the administrative burden that copyright levy systems impose on the development of 3D printing in Europe," CECIMO writes in a release.

"We urge the European Institutions, however, to firmly differentiate between business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) uses of the technology, when approaching 3D printing from a regulatory perspective. 3D printing production methods are already subject to a high level of requirements in the sectors where this production method is applied."

The adoption of this Resolution requires a mandatory response within three months from the European Commission, which has been requested to outline its views and intentions on this topic. CECIMO plans to work closely with European Commission officials to raise the message that the current patchwork of liability and IPR rules is already fit for purpose in the European 3D printing landscape.



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al ferox wrote at 7/21/2018 9:43:23 AM:

EU is a CANCER that is suffocating everything it touches. God bless BREXIT and hopefully MANY MORE countries will revolt against European Union and choose FREEDOM instead of this SOVIET style of regulating and enforcing just about anything PARASITE BUREOCRATS can get their hands onto.

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