Are <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printers good for the environment?

Shortened transport routes and value chains In the long run, will short­en trans­port routes through region­al pro­duc­tions from 3D Print­ers. As a result, oil con­sump­tion will shrink and the envi­ron­ment is spared to some degree. By using 3D Print­ing, indi­vid­ual com­po­nents no longer require mul­ti­ple and long trans­port routes across the world to a vari­ety […]

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Legal framework to protect intellectual property from <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printers

Mem­bers from the 3D Print­ing com­mu­ni­ty were the first to rec­og­nize legal issues for intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty from 3D Print­ers. The gen­er­al pop­u­la­tion and the leg­is­la­tor have now realised this prob­lem as well. How­ev­er, this pos­es a tremen­dous­ly dif­fi­cult chal­lenge which will take a long time to devel­op a legal frame­work. So far, only the legal […]

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Who is liable for damages caused from <span class=“caps”>3D</span> printing?

There are two sides of the same coin to analyse from dam­ages caused by 3D Print­ers. On the one hand, 3D print­ing ser­vices are used by peo­ple who down­load poten­tial­ly harm­ful files online. There­fore, either the design­ers and pro­duc­ers are respon­si­ble as well as even the pri­vate con­sumers. On the oth­er hand, dam­ages occurs from […]

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How dangerous are <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printers?

The best example of the dangerous 3D printing applications In 2010 some­one uploaded the first weapon with 3D print­ed com­po­nents to the plat­form Thin­gi­verse. The com­mu­ni­ty con­demned the file and has been tak­en down again by the oper­a­tor Maker­bot. The exam­ple shows how dan­ger­ous this tech­nol­o­gy can be, whether by pri­vate per­sons or the mil­i­tary. The […]

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Trademarks and patent protection at risk from <span class=“caps”>3D</span> printers?

Parallels to the Internet 20 years ago Trade­marks and patent pro­tec­tion risk from the 3D print­ing indus­try are sim­i­lar to that from com­put­ers 20 years ago. Through the Inter­net, the music indus­try had prob­lems to main­tain or even increase their sales. This hap­pened because com­put­er in com­bi­na­tion with the Inter­net made the down­load of music […]

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Food with complex forms out of <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printers

The high­light of media atten­tion for the indus­try was 3D print­ed pas­ta by Bar­il­la. The com­pa­ny researched the extent to which pas­ta can be print­ed in com­plex forms. Despite the short hype, 3D print­ed food appears to be just at its start as print­ing burg­ers or Ore­os with spe­cial 3D print­ers is pos­si­ble. The idea […]

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Bioprinting — human organs from <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printing

Bioprinting as a solution for rising organ demand? Pro­duc­ing per­son­al­ized kid­neys, tis­sues, blad­ders, pros­the­ses or bones for patients form the top of mod­ern med­i­cine. In a TED Talk, Antho­ny Ata­la address­es the grow­ing demand for organs with a pos­si­ble solu­tion in near future. As the sup­ply is min­i­mal, 3D bio­print­ing can pro­vide the solu­tion to […]

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Mass production vs personalized <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printing

The cur­rent state of tech­nol­o­gy only allows lim­it­ed appli­ca­tions of 3D print­ers. Despite this, indus­tri­al print­ers play an impor­tant role in many indus­tries and cre­ate entire­ly new busi­ness mod­els. On the one hand, they stand in com­pe­ti­tion with tra­di­tion­al mass pro­duc­tion and on the oth­er hand both tech­nolo­gies com­ple­ment each oth­er. “Log­ic takes you from […]

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What is <span class=“caps”>3D</span> Printing? — The basics

3D printers offer the possibility to create the most complex structures 3D Print­ing is always based on the same idea. Each strip of a liq­uid mate­r­i­al that emerges from the print­head is dis­trib­uted on the X and Y axes. By this process, the first lay­er of the object is cre­at­ed for the Z axis on […]

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