By 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least US$100-billion per year in IP globally 3 weeks ago

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By 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least US$100-billion per year in intellectual property globally Near term flag: At least one major western manufacturer will claim to have had intellectual property (IP) stolen for a mainstream product by thieves using 3D printers who will likely reside in those same western markets rather than in Asia by 2015. The plummeting costs of 3D printers, scanners and 3D modelling technology, combined with improving capabilities, says Gartner, makes the technology for IP theft more accessible to would-be criminals. Importantly, 3D printers do not have to produce a finished good in order to enable IP theft. The ability to make a wax mould from a scanned object, for instance, can enable the thief to produce large quantities of items that exactly replicate the original. http://memeburn.com/2013/10/10-massive-tech-trends-that-will-hit-us-by-2020/