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The Future of Medical Device Manufacturing Is Here: FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Technical Considerations for 3D Printing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

Thinking in 3D: Expiring Patents

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

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

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

The Government Whittles Away at Life Sciences Patents

The current U.S. Supreme Court has been noted for its hostility to patent holders in general, but the Supreme Court has been especially hostile to any sort of life sciences or software invention. The Court has attempted to...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Guest Post – Highlights of FDA Draft Guidance on 3D Printing

Another guest post today, this one by Reed Smith’s Matt Jacobson on the draft guidance document released earlier this week by the FDA.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

Thinking in 3D: Special Report: 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”)

Benesch’s Mark Avsec attended this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, where additive manufacturing took center stage. In 2015, 3D printing stories each seemed to possess a similar headline: “Here is the first 3D-printed...more

FDA Issues Final Rule Amending Food Additive Regulations

On January 4, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule amending its food additive regulations to no longer allow the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl-containing food contact substances...more

3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles

This white paper – 3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles – explores the legal ramifications and risks of the rapidly increasing use of 3D printing of medical devices. 3D...more

European Court of Justice Dismisses Case Regarding Confidential Treatment of Information Submitted to EFSA

On June 3, 2015, the General Court of the European Court of Justice issued a ruling in Luxembourg Pamol (Cyprus) Ltd. and Luxembourg Industries Ltd. (Luxembourg) vs. European Commission regarding the publication of...more

WINTER . . . I MEAN PRINTER . . . IS COMING: Game of Thrones Alleges Copyright Infringement by 3D Printer IPhone Dock

The inner twelve-year old boy in me doesn’t know which is cooler: the throne made entirely from swords for HBO’s Game of Thrones series, or the fact that 3D printer technology can now replicate that throne in my home at the...more

What is Cool About Additive Manufacturing? PTO Event Today Shows the Latest for This Economic Engine

I attended today the USPTO partnership meeting on “additive manufacturing” (aka 3D Printing). The content was excellent, covering both talks and demonstrations. The content was excellent, covering both talks and...more

Momentum for Additive Manufacturing Continues to Grow: USPTO Customer Partnership Meeting Announced

Momentum for “additive manufacturing” (aka “3D printing”) continues to grow. The USPTO recently announced a customer partnership meeting to be held on January 23, 2013....more

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