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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents
Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3D printing company Shapeways. These patents cover a technology known as “laser sintering,” the lowest-cost 3D printing technology. Because of its high resolution in all three dimensions, laser sintering can produce goods that can be sold as finished products. Whenever someone talks about 3D printing revolutionizing manufacturing, they’re talking about the kinds of goods produced by, for example, the industrial-grade 3D printing machines used by Shapeways. The company used by countless industrial designers, artists and entrepreneurs who can’t afford their own 3D laser sintering printers, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

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The intellectual property challenges from 3D printing 3D print technology has been used for complex engineering design by specialist companies for over 15 years. Greater availability and affordability of 3D printing has sparked a revolution, the implications of which are said by some to be limitless as all that is needed to produce a product is a printer, software, raw materials and a design. This shift in control of production means that designers, owners and those that carry out 3D printing need to be aware of the way in which intellectual property rights will be created, how these should be protected, when they might be infringed and what remedies are available. Intellectual property (IP) rights affected will include: Design rights Design rights can be registered and unregistered and protect the shape and configuration of products.

Nasa tests 3D-printed rocket engine fuel injector 15 July 2013Last updated at 08:24 ET Nasa says 3D printing could one day be used by astronauts to make replacement parts Nasa has announced it has successfully tested a 3D-printed rocket engine part. The US space agency said that the injector component could be made more quickly and cheaply using the technique. 3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production Engineer Jim Kor and his design for the Urbee 2. Photo: Sara Payne Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles. If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo. Urbee’s approach to maximum miles per gallon starts with lightweight construction – something that 3-D printing is particularly well suited for.

Fast 3D printing with nanoscale precision 285-micron racecar (credit: Vienna University of Technology) Printing three dimensional objects with very fine details using two-photon lithography can now be achieved orders of magnitude faster than similar devices in a breakthrough by Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) researchers. The 3D printing process uses a liquid resin, which is hardened at precisely the correct spots by a focused laser beam. The focal point of the laser beam is guided through the resin by movable mirrors and leaves behind a hardened line of solid polymer a few hundred nanometers wide. This fine resolution enables the creation of intricately structured sculptures as tiny as a grain of sand.

This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner The Structure Sensor is a new 3-D Scanning accessory for iPads created by Occipital, makers of the Red Laser bar code scanner and 360 Panorama app.Photo: Occipital Inspired by the Microsoft Kinect, the Structure Sensor raised over $250,000 dollars on its first day on Kickstarter. Photo: Occipital "The Structure Sensor is one of the more complicated mobile objects we've ever done." says Gadi Amit, CEO of New Deal Design that designed the new Fitbit activity tracker and the visionary Lytro camera. Photo: Occipital In addition to being stylish, the anodized aluminum casing acts as a heat sink. Photo: Occipital The Structure Sensor will connect to any Apple device with a Lightning connector and has some support for Android devices. Photo: Occipital The Structure Sensor collects and acts on data from the traditional camera sensor, an IR sensor, and a depth sensor. Photo: Occipital An open API will allow hackers to use the Structure Sensor in a variety of applications.

A 3D Printer’s Guide to Intellectual Property Rights When objects are copied without permission, there is a distinct possibility of infringing third party rights. Here is a guide to the various intellectual property rights which could well protect those objects. We explain what will and will not amount to infringement1. How to make big things out of small pieces MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees. The new approach to construction is described in a paper appearing this week in the journal Science, co-authored by postdoc Kenneth Cheung and Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms.

Open Source, Powder-Based 3-D Printer Has Full-Color Potential PWDR doesn’t look fancy, but it could be the first technicolor tool for 3-D printing. PWDR is an open source, inkjet-based 3-D printer that has the potential to bring a Wizard of Oz-like range of color to the previously black and white world of additive fabrication. Unlike the MakerBot and RepRap printers that build objects by melting plastic, or the Form 1 that uses a laser to cure resin, PWDR works just like a desktop printer. An HP inkjet deposits a liquid binder, mixed with ink, onto a layer of white gypsum powder. After the printhead passes, a roller bar drags a thin layer of powder across the surface and the process repeats a couple hundred, or thousand, times. When completed, the printer looks like a fish tank full of baby powder and the model needs to be carefully removed, dusted off, and dipped in clear glue that infiltrates the part and solidifies it.

RepRap *3D Printer that can print a 3D Printer* edit is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)move is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)read is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab) About | Development | Community | RepRap Machines | Resources RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...

Peachy Printer - The world's first $100 3D Printer Sep.21, 2013 Unlike most low cost 3D printers on the market which focus on using cheap component but similiar 3D printer design, Saskatchewan, Canada based Rylan Grayson invented his own: the Peachy Printer, the world's first $100 3D printer. The peachy printer is a Photolithographic printer which uses a controlled beam of light to cure light sensitive resin into hard objects. The peachy moves a laser beam along the X and Y axes to create the shape of the object, while using a drip system to control the level of the resin on the Z axis which determines the height of the object. How does it work? 3D Printer

3D printing and Intellectual Property – why are they a misfit? – By Joren De Wachter In my previous post at I explained how 3D printing affects the world of Intellectual Property (IP), and how this creates all kinds of problems for IP rights. In this blog I will expand a little bit on why that is the case, and whether something can be done about it. 1. Personalized manufacturing The green 3D printing materials we’ve been waiting for There’s no denying that 3D printing has moved beyond the laboratory and into the mainstream. We’ve seen 3D printed body parts, electronics, and toys. Although the technology has quickly become quite sophisticated, the materials used in 3D printers have been slow to catch up. Though the idea of print-you-own has big green implications, there’s nothing earth-friendly about an uptick in plastic junk floating around the planet.

NIH launches 3D print exchange NIH launches 3D print exchange By GCN StaffJun 23, 2014 The National Institutes of Health has launched a 3D Print Exchange, a public website that lets users share, download and edit biomedical 3D print files that can be used to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy in 3D, the NIH said in its announcement.