While you were busy getting yourself all worked up and declaring 3D printing the beginning of a new age, one of the most maligned figures in modern patent law is preparing to rain on your parade. Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO and founder of patent holder Intellectual Ventures, has managed to get an expansive patent on 3D printing DRM. That 3D printing revolution we’ve been hoping for just got a lot trickier.
Writing “HP is in trouble” is like a newscast starting with “Trouble in the Middle East today…” A sad cliché. Lucky for HP, no one dies… But no one truly lives, either. Could HP reinvent itself by taking the lead in the 3D Printing revolution? Could HP help us “Print a Better World”?
The 3D Printshow, taking place on October 20 and 21 at The Brewery, Chiswell St, London will play host to some of the biggest names in 3D printing including 3D Systems, MakerBot and Ultimaker, who will be on hand to demonstrate the technology and scope of 3D printing.
It’s just another example of how 3D printing is becoming an increasing presence in high-profile industries everywhere. Newly revealed insights into the design process of Nintendo’s impending Wii U console show that the company relied on 3D printing technology to help mold and test various designs for the touchscreen GamePad controller.
In the age of freely available modeling software, laser cutters and 3D printers, shapes that must stay secret for security’s sake don’t stay secret for long.
3D printing seems to be everywhere these days, used to create everything from handguns to headphones. But what does it really take to get started: How much does it cost, how difficult is it to use, and how do you actually get your hands on a 3D printer?
3D printing is a big deal. It could – potentially – see local, custom-made goods replacing those produced on assembly lines. It could bring manufacturing jobs back to the UK, and create a world of new opportunities for UK designers. And it might also be a major source of growth in the future, one the government might want to nurture.
Sales of 3D printers will approach $5 billion in 2017, up from $1.7 billion in 2011, as demand expands for everything from consumer applications to markets such as automotive, aerospace, industrial and health care, says the Consumer Electronics Association.
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