Originally Published: October 20th, 2014
3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has seen a rapid increase in commercialization enterprises and products. Some of these are covered by existing patents and others are yet to be.
It should be noted and reiterated that there are only a limited number of manufacturers who are producing and selling significant quantities of commercial-scale equipment. The polymer manufacturing equipment has been garnering the most publicity. There are much fewer metal equipment manufacturers. However, there will be increasing numbers of manufactures entering the market over the next few years and this will be accompanied by the development of more complex IP portfolios.
- 44By Stephenie Smulligan-Maldanis, M.S., Nerac Analyst, Originally Published: May 25th, 2015 What patent covers this product? When does the patent expire? What is the assignee history? The answers to these and related questions are often critical parts of making business decisions and are also questions often posed to Nerac analysts.
- 41Originally published January, 2014 Although the future promise of 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing (AM), has been recently promoted for its promise of reduced costs and production times, as well as an increased complexity of integral components, the legal framework is far from clear. It is useful to analyze the challenges of…
- 41Originally Published: October 24th, 2014 Based upon several years of effort on part of Made in Space, Inc. the United States has officially entered the world (or ‘outer’ world) of 3D printing in space, on Sunday September 21, 2014 aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The system is designed specifically to work in outer space’s…