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When 3D-printing challenges IP rights Blog LimeGreen IP

3D-printing changes the way we develop products: an idea can be transformed into a tangible product faster than ever and it is not even expensive anymore! But what is 3D-printing? Simply put, it is a machine that builds an object out of base materials by successively stacking thin layers of the material in accordance with a Computer-Aided Design (CAD). The major advantage over conventional moulding processes is its adaptability: one 3D-printer can print any template and does not require prefabricated moulds. The template can be created by using a CAD program or by using special 3D-scanners if the object already exists. The first patent application in connection with 3D-printing was filed in the 1980s, but it took decades for 3D-printing to become as viable as it is nowadays. Today, 3D-printing offers various printing methods and can print almost anything from medicine, weapons, to organs and even food (Bioprinting). This […]


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