Who Can Be Held Liable If Something Goes Wrong with a Product Created by 3D Printing?
3D creation is a revolution in technology that has made it possible to recreate so many complex designs within a shorter period of time, however, the 3D printing product liability remains an ill-defined area that all 3D manufacturers and users of final 3D products must consider. 3D technology is now being used to produce aircraft components, and the next revolution will be the production of medicinal and biotech products with the use of 3D. with all these types of 3D materials come greater risks of being held liable for product liability, considering the fact that many of these 3D products are relatively new and never been properly tested.
Areas prone to 3D product liability issues
Blueprints for 3D products have been found to have the biggest risks to product liability issues. The software files containing these blueprints can be accessed by computer hackers and the template can be manipulated to create a new template for similar 3D products. In this case, the original manufacturer may not be held liable for the stolen blueprint used to create a new defective 3D product by a hacker- the original manufacturer, however, must prove beyond every reasonable doubt that the original product was compromised and stolen.
The original owner of the template or blueprint of the 3D can approach a [product liability attorney to make a strong case against being held liable for the defective 3D product. These defect lawyers must show proof that the manufacturer has sufficient protection mechanism against the theft of the 3D technology, otherwise, the manufacturer may be partly held liable when something goes wrong with the 3D printing. Other 3D products prone to serious liability issues include 3D printed drugs and weapons.
Manufacturers are mostly held liable when something goes wrong with a product created by 3D printing
Several states and countries have banned the importation or display of 3D products such as guns and drugs on the internet. The main issue of concern is not about the products themselves but the risk of getting the products stolen remotely. If a 3D printed product gets stolen, the manufacturer may be held liable, especially if someone downloads the blueprint and reproduce the product in such a way that it becomes harmful to users and non-users.
Though there have been extremely few litigations around 3D products defect, the risks are quite real and, in most cases, the original manufacturers are held liable for the theft of their 3D blueprint and the reproduction of defective 3D products. Manufacturers of 3D products are encouraged to have open discussions on what could possibly go wrong and how to deal with such problems. Secondly, revisions and updates of the manufacturing of 3D printed products must be updated.
Manufacturers of 3D products are also encouraged to consider their insurance options and they are encouraged to change or update constantly, security of their 3D product blueprint and prototype to reduce the risks of theft. Most importantly, 3D product printers are advised to seek the help of product liability Attorneys to put up a strong case and avoid litigations over stolen 3D products used by a third party to create defective products.