Hi Adafruitland! Michael from Public Knowledge here. We’ve been doing work at the intersection of 3D printing and policy in DC for the past few years, and I wanted to give you a quick heads up on two things we’ve been up to recently.
First – 3D/DC is back. Since 2010, we’ve been hosting 3D/DC, an event designed to introduce 3D printing to policymakers and introduce policymakers to 3D printing. This year we will have an all day conference right below the US Capitol on different aspects of 3D printing and policy like intellectual property law, medicine, distributed manufacturing, small business, and education. In the evening we’ll have a reception and demo so everyone can check out the printers. Everything is open to the public, so if you are in the DC area on April 29th you should come! More info is available here.
Second – we’ve just launched a new 3D printing whitepaper. In the past we’ve done a paper on 3D printing and intellectual property law, and another paper on 3D printing and copyright specifically. This most recent paper is about licensing 3D printed things, and about understanding what is actually available to license (although it is written from the perspective of 3D printing, the approach also makes some sense in the context of open source hardware).
Hopefully these will be of some use and interest. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, don’t be shy about dropping me a line on twitter @MWeinbergPK or email with [email protected]