New areas of application and business models are constantly being developed for users of 3D printers – so too, in both the commercial and the private sector, are scenarios that require reassessment from a legal point of view and regarding product safety. In its report “ 3D printing: practical principles for product safety and a legal framework ”, the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA)) gives an overview of current production processes and compiles the legal requirements for the use of 3D printers. Using practice-based examples, the BAuA research report illustrates what users and potential manufacturers must take into consideration. The report also gives examples of innovative business models that could become areas of activity for market supervision. It addresses potential hazards in the workplace from 3D printing, too. In addition, the BAuA explains the extent to which users of 3D printers can become manufacturers as defined by the German Product Safety Act.

On the basis of this report, the BAuA has published two practice-related brochures in the series baua: focus.