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Kanye West is afraid that 3D printing will kill the shoe industry. Why is Kanye afraid? Maybe because adidas, who makes his Yeezy Boost 350 (which you can get on the second-hand market for a cool $1,000), said it's making a running show with 3D-printed materials. Now enterprising bootleggers might start printing their own Yeezys.
Kanye might be right to worry -- the laws against 3D printing are pretty lax. But there are a few things that are illegal to 3D print.
Here are three things that are illegal to print with a 3D printer:
Think of it this way: if it's already illegal to own, 3D printing your own version at home won't magically make it legal. If you still have questions, you may want to contact an experienced attorney before hitting "Print."
Violating someone's trademark with your 3D printer may invite civil action. But if you violate gun laws by printing a gun unlawfully, you may find yourself in the market for a criminal defense attorney.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.