To quote William Gibson:
The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed”.
It’s interesting to think if the capability to produce hardware was in your hands what the piracy laws would be. After all, bootleg cigarettes and alcohol are illegal because they avoid paying tax. So surely producing your own 3D items at home might have the same consequences, I’m sure Lego would agree. It will be an interesting point of contention in the future.
What if the hardware you produce is sentient? Is that giving birth and do you need to register it? Can you get benefits if your AI is dependent on you? Would it be a crime to terminate an Artificially Intelligent robot? What if its not sentient yet, but it will be and its too “young” to choose?