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Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing without the Hype

Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing without the Hype

This week in Nottingham, great minds in additive manufacturing are converging at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing. The event, now in its twelfth year, is always highly anticipated as the speaker lineup promises a look into the depths of the 3D printing business — without the hype. Among the well-regarded lineup […]

This week in Nottingham, great minds in additive manufacturing are converging at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing. The event, now in its twelfth year, is always highly anticipated as the speaker lineup promises a look into the...
3D Printing Spotlight On: Jennifer Prioleau, Division Counsel, HP Inc.

3D Printing Spotlight On: Jennifer Prioleau, Division Counsel, HP Inc.

One of the biggest issues in the 3D printing industry as it grows is intellectual property, as legal concerns surround the nascent industry. One of the biggest stories over the last year has been the emergence of HP Inc. as a player with the introduction of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers. With all of […]

One of the biggest issues in the 3D printing industry as it grows is intellectual property, as legal concerns surround the nascent industry. One of the biggest stories over the last year has been the emergence of HP Inc. as a player with the introduction of its Multi...
How the 3D Design Community Can Better Protect Its Intellectual Property

How the 3D Design Community Can Better Protect Its Intellectual Property

3D printing has, in the scope of a just a few years, moved from a technology on the periphery—primarily used by large companies for industrial manufacturing—to the mainstream—a technology on the minds, if not inside the homes, of consumers. The emergence of low-cost printers, accessible CAD software, and websites like Thingiverse and Shapeways mark an […]

3D printing has, in the scope of a just a few years, moved from a technology on the periphery—primarily used by large companies for industrial manufacturing—to the mainstream—a technology on the minds, if not inside the homes, of consumers. The emergence of low-cost...
Open-Source Ultimaker Files Its First Patent - But Don't Panic, the 3D Printer Manufacturer Says

Open-Source Ultimaker Files Its First Patent - But Don't Panic, the 3D Printer Manufacturer Says

The popularity of Ultimaker is for a number of reasons. Yes, the company does produce reliable, high-quality 3D printers that consistently makes the top of “best 3D printers” lists, but one of the things that people really love about Ultimaker is that they’re open source. Nothing is patented, and users are invited to collaborate with Ultimaker by sharing […]

The popularity of Ultimaker is for a number of reasons. Yes, the company does produce reliable, high-quality 3D printers that consistently makes the top of “best 3D printers” lists, but one of the things that people really love about Ultimaker is that...
Michael Weinberg Leads Us Through 3 Steps for Licensing 3D Printed Things

Michael Weinberg Leads Us Through 3 Steps for Licensing 3D Printed Things

As more and more people become involved in 3D printing, more and more awesome stuff is being created. The question that naturally arises after any particularly amazing print, or after a case of beer, whichever comes first, is how do I copyright this so that I eventually become a millionaire? I may be paraphrasing a bit, […]

As more and more people become involved in 3D printing, more and more awesome stuff is being created. The question that naturally arises after any particularly amazing print, or after a case of beer, whichever comes first, is how do I copyright this so that I...
2016 in 3D Printing: Your Favorite Stories from the Last Year

2016 in 3D Printing: Your Favorite Stories from the Last Year

2016 has been — let’s say a mixed bag; while this year saw the loss of beloved celebrities, a heated US election, Brexit, Zika, an escalating crisis in Syria, and many other globally divisive happenings, it was also a year of unprecedented development technologically. We’ll stay away from another celebrity tribute or political debate and […]

2016 has been — let’s say a mixed bag; while this year saw the loss of beloved celebrities, a heated US election, Brexit, Zika, an escalating crisis in Syria, and many other globally divisive happenings, it was also a year of unprecedented development...
InfraTrac Successfully Applies Anti-Counterfeit Technology to 3D Printed Metal Parts

InfraTrac Successfully Applies Anti-Counterfeit Technology to 3D Printed Metal Parts

One of the most nagging concerns that plagues the 3D printing industry is that of intellectual property protection. Not only have there been plenty of issues surrounding the theft of designs and models posted online by individual makers, but large corporations also worry about the potential for 3D printing-savvy people to print counterfeit parts. It’s […]

One of the most nagging concerns that plagues the 3D printing industry is that of intellectual property protection. Not only have there been plenty of issues surrounding the theft of designs and models posted online by individual makers, but large corporations also...
EnvisionTEC Patent Suit Against Formlabs: An IP Perspective

EnvisionTEC Patent Suit Against Formlabs: An IP Perspective

Written by John Hornick and Rob Wells As established companies seek to protect their market share against mounting competition from an increasing number of new 3D printing companies, the battlefield for dominance in the 3D printing industry is becoming increasingly fierce.  So naturally, 3D printing companies increasingly find themselves in court to assert or defend against patent […]

Written by John Hornick and Rob Wells As established companies seek to protect their market share against mounting competition from an increasing number of new 3D printing companies, the battlefield for dominance in the 3D printing industry is becoming increasingly...
"Cheerleader Uniform Case" Prompts Shapeways and Other Organizations to Demand Supreme Court Clarify Intellectual Property Law

"Cheerleader Uniform Case" Prompts Shapeways and Other Organizations to Demand Supreme Court Clarify Intellectual Property Law

Full disclosure: intellectual property and copyright issues are not my favorite subjects. The whole area is messy, murky, confusing, and often seemingly arbitrary, and that’s before you even open up the can of worms that is digital design and 3D printing. I’m not the only one who feels that intellectual property law is a convoluted […]

Full disclosure: intellectual property and copyright issues are not my favorite subjects. The whole area is messy, murky, confusing, and often seemingly arbitrary, and that’s before you even open up the can of worms that is digital design and 3D printing....
The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages -- Making an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Multiple Damages Easier to Obtain  and Once Again Changing the Patent Landscape

The Supreme Court Writes a New Chapter on Patent Damages -- Making an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Multiple Damages Easier to Obtain and Once Again Changing the Patent Landscape

This article will review the recent history concerning patent litigation, patent damages, and recent changes effectuated by Congress and the Supreme Court. First, a little history. Once upon a time there were a series of Plaintiff’s lawyers who brought a multitude of questionable litigations involving vague patents, which they attempted to apply across all industries. The litigations were […]

This article will review the recent history concerning patent litigation, patent damages, and recent changes effectuated by Congress and the Supreme Court. First, a little history. Once upon a time there were a series of Plaintiff’s lawyers who brought a multitude of...
3D Printing Will Rock Paris -- A Few Questions For: John Hornick

3D Printing Will Rock Paris -- A Few Questions For: John Hornick

In every industry are individuals who effectively need no introduction; among those names in 3D printing is John Hornick. An intellectual property lawyer and prolific speaker, as well as now a published author with a successful work — he’s literally written the book on the topic — Hornick is a font of wisdom and advice […]

In every industry are individuals who effectively need no introduction; among those names in 3D printing is John Hornick. An intellectual property lawyer and prolific speaker, as well as now a published author with a successful work — he’s literally...
ShareMy3D Sets Up 3D File "Superhighway" for Secure Sharing of 3D Printable Files

ShareMy3D Sets Up 3D File "Superhighway" for Secure Sharing of 3D Printable Files

As the 3D printing industry grows larger so do the sizes of the 3D files that need to be transferred between the digital content creators and the physical content producers. Oslo-based ShareMy3D seeks to fill in the void that exists in terms of secure sharing an viewing of 3D files up to 5 GB in […]

As the 3D printing industry grows larger so do the sizes of the 3D files that need to be transferred between the digital content creators and the physical content producers. Oslo-based ShareMy3D seeks to fill in the void that exists in terms of secure sharing an...
Global Law Firm Hunton & Williams Launches New Team Dedicated to Dealing with 3D Printing Legal Issues

Global Law Firm Hunton & Williams Launches New Team Dedicated to Dealing with 3D Printing Legal Issues

Back in college I had a business teacher use a truism that has always seemed to prove itself to be pretty accurate. He said that you know a new industry has been born when the bankers and the lawyers start showing up en masse. The money men have been here for quite a while now, […]

Back in college I had a business teacher use a truism that has always seemed to prove itself to be pretty accurate. He said that you know a new industry has been born when the bankers and the lawyers start showing up en masse. The money men have been here for quite a...
Protecting 3D Printed Designs – Can Trade Dress Rights Fill the Void?

Protecting 3D Printed Designs – Can Trade Dress Rights Fill the Void?

Imagine you’ve designed a new product with 3D printing.  Thinking of ways to protect it can be a daunting challenge.  Hopefully, you’ll consider some basic agreements with any third parties that participated in the design, such as non-disclosure agreements, employee agreements and joint venture agreements, which are handy documents to make sure that the rights […]

Imagine you’ve designed a new product with 3D printing.  Thinking of ways to protect it can be a daunting challenge.  Hopefully, you’ll consider some basic agreements with any third parties that participated in the design, such as non-disclosure agreements, employee...
Shapeways on US Dept. of Commerce Report: Beware Remixes & Copyright Infringements—They Can Cost You Six Figures

Shapeways on US Dept. of Commerce Report: Beware Remixes & Copyright Infringements—They Can Cost You Six Figures

There’s no better part of a beginning than that of a fledgling industry populated by passionate individuals all enjoying themselves and getting along, working for the common good—for about a New York minute. That’s how long it takes for someone to decide they don’t want to play well with others or for others to begin […]

There’s no better part of a beginning than that of a fledgling industry populated by passionate individuals all enjoying themselves and getting along, working for the common good—for about a New York minute. That’s how long it takes for someone to decide they don’t...
Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Have a Lot to Offer in 3D Printing -- A Few Questions For: InfraTrac

Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Have a Lot to Offer in 3D Printing -- A Few Questions For: InfraTrac

Counterfeiting is, put simply, a big deal. While 3D printing in particular is still somewhat of a Wild West when it comes to clear definitions of what is and is not IP theft (as a raging argument on Thingiverse/eBay currently has legal professionals and companies weighing in from all sides), faked creations go beyond simply stealing […]

Counterfeiting is, put simply, a big deal. While 3D printing in particular is still somewhat of a Wild West when it comes to clear definitions of what is and is not IP theft (as a raging argument on Thingiverse/eBay currently has legal professionals and companies...
When eBay Sellers Try to Defend Their Illegal Sale of 3D Models from Thingiverse, Comedy Ensues

When eBay Sellers Try to Defend Their Illegal Sale of 3D Models from Thingiverse, Comedy Ensues

[Editor’s Update: Legal experts and the industry at large are certainly taking notice of this hullabaloo and weighing in — and we can’t say it looks good for the guys at just3dprint. Keep following on the comments at Thingiverse and reddit for more up-to-the-minute updates on these goings-on.] It was bound to happen of course. When 3D printables […]

[Editor’s Update: Legal experts and the industry at large are certainly taking notice of this hullabaloo and weighing in — and we can’t say it looks good for the guys at just3dprint. Keep following on the comments at Thingiverse and reddit for more...
3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

3D Printing Brings New Opportunities and New Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as well as reworking existing designs to create something more refined […]

As with most modern businesses, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry has begun adopting 3D printing technology into its regular workflow in several key areas. It has proven itself to be a valuable tool for the production of custom, one-off or small run components as...
How Exactly Will 3D Printing Combat Counterfeiting Additive Manufactured Products?

How Exactly Will 3D Printing Combat Counterfeiting Additive Manufactured Products?

The specter of counterfeit products is always a concern for any company that relies on other facilities to actually manufacture and assemble their products. From fake Rolex watches to fake iPhones to fake Louis Vuitton purses, large companies often spend millions to protect their intellectual property from criminals who copy and sell fake products to often […]

The specter of counterfeit products is always a concern for any company that relies on other facilities to actually manufacture and assemble their products. From fake Rolex watches to fake iPhones to fake Louis Vuitton purses, large companies often spend millions to...
Accidental Infringement: A Cautionary Tale of 3D Design & Intellectual Property

Accidental Infringement: A Cautionary Tale of 3D Design & Intellectual Property

It’s not the first time this year a dress has caused controversy (and with Kim Kardashian probably on her way out of maternity wear, probably safe to say it won’t be the last). Designed by the team at XYZ Workshop in 2014, this dress is a stunning coming together between fashion design and 3D printing. The […]

It’s not the first time this year a dress has caused controversy (and with Kim Kardashian probably on her way out of maternity wear, probably safe to say it won’t be the last). Designed by the team at XYZ Workshop in 2014, this dress is a stunning coming...
Exclusive Interview: Legal Expert Marcus J. Thymian Examines Implications of Intellectual Property & Patent Law in 3D Printing

Exclusive Interview: Legal Expert Marcus J. Thymian Examines Implications of Intellectual Property & Patent Law in 3D Printing

Intellectual property is, obviously, a hot issue in today’s world. With patents having been around for centuries–George Washington signed the first US patent back in 1790, for Samuel Hopkins’ method of making potash–many of the kinks to IP have long been settled for the protection of unique inventions. However, as technology advances at an unprecedented […]

Intellectual property is, obviously, a hot issue in today’s world. With patents having been around for centuries–George Washington signed the first US patent back in 1790, for Samuel Hopkins’ method of making potash–many of the kinks to IP have...
Liability and Legal Issues May Derail the Future of 3D Printed Medication

Liability and Legal Issues May Derail the Future of 3D Printed Medication

Bloomberg BNA’s Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report was recently released, and according to attorneys the recent FDA approval of the first 3D printed drug could lead to several complicated legal, product liability and intellectual property conflicts that could derail the new technology before it even starts. Several attorneys explained to Bloomberg that using a 3D […]

Bloomberg BNA’s Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report was recently released, and according to attorneys the recent FDA approval of the first 3D printed drug could lead to several complicated legal, product liability and intellectual property conflicts that could...
Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

Shots Fired: The 3D Printing Materials IP War Has Begun as Joshua Pearce Releases Algorithm for Obviousness

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent traditional manufacturing will essentially decimate current intellectual property (IP) law and grant consumers more freedom than ever before. It should go without saying that 3D […]

As 3D printing becomes more successful and dependable, the ability to fabricate just about anything at home without the need of mass production is virtually inevitable. This ability to circumvent traditional manufacturing will essentially decimate current intellectual...
3D Printed Pugtato the Result of a Successful Collaboration

3D Printed Pugtato the Result of a Successful Collaboration

Some things just go better together. Where would gin be without tonic? Cookies without milk? Fred without Ginger? Bonnie without Clyde? Pugs without, er, potatoes? As historic pairings go, the latter may not be on your radar–meet the Pugtato, a delightful cross between the world’s most favored tuber and the undeniably adorable, snuffling, flat-faced canines […]

Some things just go better together. Where would gin be without tonic? Cookies without milk? Fred without Ginger? Bonnie without Clyde? Pugs without, er, potatoes? As historic pairings go, the latter may not be on your radar–meet the Pugtato, a delightful cross...
Ordered to Cease & Desist, Designers Return with 2nd Set of Duchamp-Inspired 3D Printed Chess Pieces

Ordered to Cease & Desist, Designers Return with 2nd Set of Duchamp-Inspired 3D Printed Chess Pieces

3D printing seems to be the catalyst for a new world of creativity and innovation, perhaps infinite. Designers wow us at every turn it seems, with intricately fabricated 3D models. And while the gaming industry is one that walks hand in hand with 3D printing these days, the world of the traditional games–and one of […]

3D printing seems to be the catalyst for a new world of creativity and innovation, perhaps infinite. Designers wow us at every turn it seems, with intricately fabricated 3D models. And while the gaming industry is one that walks hand in hand with 3D printing these...