3D printing and intellectual property

On Wednesday 3 Sep 2014, Makers Empire and HWL Ebsworth Lawyers hosted an information session to help schools understand the use of 3D printing in schools and raise awareness regarding potential legal issues that may arise.

Jon Soong and Anthony Chhoy of Makers Empire gave an overview of 3D printing and shared insights on how primary schools can implement design and 3D printing in their curriculum.

“Schools are increasingly aware of 3D printing technology,” said Jon.

“There is not a day that goes by now where 3D printing is not mentioned in industries such as health, engineering and fashion. It is rewarding helping schools take that first step in utilising the benefits of design and 3D printing to achieve learning outcomes in the classroom,” he said.

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Luke Dale, Intellectual Property expert and partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, highlighted the potential legal issues when considering how to best implement design and 3D printing in the classroom.

“3D printing represents one of the most exciting and potentially disruptive technological advances in recent times,” said Luke.

“It is fantastic to see schools embrace this technology and utilise it as a learning tool. However they, like any other user, need to be aware of any potential legal implications and ensure that they understand how intellectual property rights can be affected,” he said.

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