Well if you follow the current trends in the 3d printing market you know that the technology has come a long way in the last years. Does that mean that you will be able to print replicas of your favorite products? Simply put, no.
But then that isn’t their intended use either. Still 3d printer manufactures may be putting themselves in the firing line.
For all they know, people might start producing cheap replicas of all of the latest and greatest gadgets, wait they already do.
“A coming revolution in 3D printing, with average consumers able to copy and create new three-dimensional objects at home, may lead to attempts by patent holders to expand their legal protections, a paper from Public Knowledge says. Patent holders may see 3D printers as threats, and they may try to sue makers of the printers or the distributors of CAD (computer-aided design) blueprints, according to digital rights group Public Knowledge.”
You can read more in the original post.
Would a pre-emptive assault from patent holders cripple this fledgling market? Probably not. 3d printing is still in its infancy, it still has a long way to go before you’ll be able to print objects like this at home.
I am not sure if the traditional printing industry was against the desktop printer, though they probably had more to lose than other manufactures.
In closing I will leave you with this image.