We've seen this many times before, how patents can hold back very useful developments. Notice how 3D printing is suddenly a big thing? It's not because of any new miraculous breakthroughs, but because some key patents finally started expiring , allowing real innovation to move forward
Remember the cassette tape? Back in the day, countless romantics created the first mixtapes with nothing but a tape player and good taste
As Techdirt noted a couple of years ago, patents have been the bane of the 3D printing world, holding it back for years, possibly decades. Now it looks like patents have reared their ugly head again in this world : In a stunning display of madness, makerbot industries files a patent application on a mechanism clearly derived from content created by their users. What's almost worse is the article they wrote praising the invention, presumably while they were filing the paperwork
Back in the days , we w e re all crazy about cartoon s and waiting eagerly for the next episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Masters of the Universe. Many of us are still fond of them today , as they can easily take us back to our childhood. But why stick to classic heroes, if you can create several of your own?
New advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that , and this is only the beginning. Read more…
We met first met Cincinnati-based 3DLT last year when they announced their 3D printing marketplace at Disrupt. The team is back in the news thanks to a new effort by Amazon to add printed items to their already massive selection of goods. Read More
With all the hubbub surrounding 3D printing as of late, it’s easy to think of 3D printing as something new. Something that, before 5 or 6 years ago, only existed in SciFi novels.
Much of the fanfare surrounding 3D printing has centered on its enabling consumers to create objects themselves, potentially circumventing traditional production models. Alongside NBA figurines and 3D printed pizza , however, the technology continues to provide valuable solutions in the field of medicine .