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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading