The legal implications of printing out new body parts

Tort and privacy law concerns aplenty as it’s revealed we’ll be able to 3D print new organs by 2023.

It is no news that 3D printing has the potential to change our world as much as the internet has over the last two decades.

The industry — at least in the domestic market — is barely a few years old, but the technology is already signalling an age where we can assemble, out of thin air as it were, tools and toys at the push of the button.

Daihatsu, a Japanese manufacturer of small cars and a subsidiary of Toyota, announced on 20 June 2016 that it would begin offering car buyers the opportunity to customise their vehicles with 3D-printed parts. For drivers with more modest budgets, this offers the kind of individual tailoring of vehicles hitherto restricted to the luxury limousines and sports cars of the super-rich.

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