Trade Regulation in a 3D Printed World

- a Primer

This report examines how 3D printing affects the production of goods and also how companies trade with each other and what they trade. It also highlights the entrance of new actors, notably small- and medium-sized companies, on the trading scene. Finally, the report examines whether the current multilateral trade rules (WTO) are equipped to regulate production using 3D technology and trade with 3D-printed products or if WTO regulations need to be reformed in order to not stand in the way of further 3D printing expansion.

3D printing as a production method is growing rapidly. 3D printing is a technology that builds physical objects directly from 3D computer-aided design (CAD) data and adds different materials, layer-by-layer, with the help of a 3D printer. With 3DP certain stages of manufacturing are bundled into one and certain transportation of goods is replaced by transmission of data. The creation and transfer of the CAD files is the main component in 3D printing and is also the main difference between 3D printing and traditional production methods.

  • Title: Trade Regulation in a 3D Printed World- a Primer
  • Published: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Format: PDF
  • Author: National Board of Trade
  • Pages: 37
  • ISBN: 978-91-88201-12-6

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