3D Printing Manufacturers

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3D Printing Quarterly Report: Q3 - 2016

Study offers plan to make Northeast Ohio region the Silicon Valley of 3D printing - A report from the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes in Youngstown and Team NEO and Magnet in Cleveland offers a plan to...more

The Future of Technology for Manufacturers

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)’s Annual Manufacturing Summit. The title of the Panel was “The Future of Manufacturing in Connecticut” and included three...more

3D Printing: What it Means To Manufacturers Who Want To Sell Replacement Parts in a Digital Ecosystem

Among the next generation of 3D printing patents that will soon expire are key patents for metal-based printing processes. The patents’ expiration will almost certainly result in significant price reductions for 3D printers...more

The Impact of 3D Printing on Intellectual Property Rights

The term 3D printing encompasses a number of different additive manufacturing methods that enable the production of physical objects without the need for any specific tooling. 3D printing has, for many years, been forecast as...more

Can 3D printing technology be stolen by sound recorders?

The growth of 3D printing seems to know no bounds. First developed in the ’80s, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, began as a method for rapidly prototyping products during research and development. But with...more

The Promise And Pitfalls Of 3D Printing

3D printing offers great promise for innovation and manufacturing, but this tool has expanded the scope of patented products that can be easily and cheaply copied, and may make it harder to identify and prosecute infringers....more

The Future of Medical Device Manufacturing Is Here: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Technical Considerations for 3D Printing

A few years ago, a custom-fabricated bioresorbable tracheal splint saved the life of an infant suffering from a collapsed bronchus due to severe tracheobronchomalacia. The splint was implanted around the baby’s airway,...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q2 2016

3D printer shipments in U.S. jump 20% in 2015: IDC - International Data Corp (IDC) research found 3D printer shipments in the U.S. grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. Looking ahead, 3D printer shipments in the...more

Manufacturing as a Service

CONTEXT, a market research firm, projects that the worldwide 3D printer market (including printers, materials, and ancillary services) will grow to $17.8 billion over the next five years. One reason for the rapid expansion...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap – May 2016

FDA draft guidance provides recommendations on use of electronic health record data in clinical trials - The draft guidance provides recommendations on deciding whether and how to use EHRs as a source of data in clinical...more

Expiring Patents; HP’s Machine; Beachwood, Ohio’s MakerGear

Here is a bulletin providing further validation that the cost of 3D printing will decline. 3D printing’s key patents are expiring or soon will expire. These include patents for liquid-based, powder-based, and...more

FDA’S Draft Guidelines for 3D Printing of Medical Devices

On May 10, 2016, the FDA issued a document entitled Technical Considerations for Additive Manufacturing Devices. The document consists of 25 pages of “draft” guidelines that provide the FDA’s “initial thinking on...more

FDA Issues “Leapfrog” Draft Guidance for 3D Printing of Medical Devices

3D printing raises significant technical considerations for device manufacturers. In response to the increasing use of 3D printing in the medical device arena, on May 10, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or...more

Guest Post – Highlights of FDA Draft Guidance on 3D Printing

Another guest post today, this one by Reed Smith’s Matt Jacobson on the draft guidance document released earlier this week by the FDA. With the 3D printing of medical devices at the forefront of the burgeoning additive...more

FDA Draft Guidance Outlines Regulatory Requirements for 3D Printed Medical Devices

On May 10, 2016, FDA released a much-anticipated draft guidance (the “Guidance”) concerning medical devices that incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, a category which includes 3D printed devices. AM...more

Benesch’s 2nd Annual 3D Printing Seminar (A Summary Repeat)

Several hundred business leaders, engineers, attorneys and academics gathered last week for an annual symposium on 3D Printing hosted by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. The ability to form physical objects from...more

3D Printing and the Renaissance of Local Economies

The rise of 3D printing holds tremendous potential to impact the economy from the local to the national level. Although it is still an estimated five to 10 years away from mainstream consumer adoption, we are already seeing...more

Navigating the Regulatory Issues of 3D Printing

The increasing popularity of 3D printing is changing the future of health care far more dramatically than we would have ever imagined. Although we have blogged about 3D printing, and the Reed Smith white paper, “3D Printing...more

3D Printing, Innovation Protection, and Manufacturing: The Big Change is Now

Intellectual property (IP) law is undergoing a major transformation just as additive manufacturing? or 3D printing? has begun to revolutionize the manufacturing industry. The interplay between these two forces could end up...more

3D Printing

Additive manufacturing/3D printing, which builds a complete part by fusing material layer by layer, is revolutionizing manufacturing today and will continue to be a breakthrough technology. As President Obama assessed in his...more

3D Printing Medical Devices

The recent news that certain Lowe’s stores will offer customers the ability to custom-make 3D printed items has garnered a lot of attention. But perhaps even more exciting is that 3D printing (also known as additive...more

Some Ideas About 3D Printing

The other day we read a thoughtful Bloomberg piece on 3D printing in the medical device context by a trio of Alston & Bird litigators. We’ve given you the link, but it might be behind a paywall. The article indicates...more

3D Printing: Is Your Business Ready for the Next Industrial Revolution?

Disruption displaces old business models but creates opportunities, if one has the vision. For example, it is no secret that the music industry has suffered rampant intellectual property abuse. ...more

"Intellectual Property Issues Stacking Up for 3-D Printing"

In the 1980s and 1990s, viewers of the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” regularly saw Patrick Stewart procure hot tea from a “replicator,” which generated his tea — cup and all — instantly on demand. Even...more

3D Printing Products at Home: Manufacturer, Consumer, or Both?

Soon, instead of clicking buy now and entering your shipping information, you may be able to download a file, click “Start,” and watch a 3D printer at work. Thus, the manufacturer-consumer will be born. ...more

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