3D printing will be a valuable asset in the exploration and human expansion into space. This comment examines the current international treaties and U.S. domestic laws that may affect and impose requirements on 3D printing manufacturers seeking to print in space. These treaties are self-executing and therefore leave it up to Congress to take action to keep the U.S. in compliance with international space law. Congress can do this by granting agencies like the FCC and FAA authority to regulate. In order to utilize 3D printing technology in space and reap the benefits it has to offer, the U.S. should not regulate it just because it can. Regulating 3D printing too strictly could hinder the goal of human presence in space.
Out of this World: 3D Printing and Space Law Regulation,
Cath. U. J. L. & Tech
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