Sunday, March 24, 2013


Stop bad 3D printing patents

The EFF and Ask Patents are organising the submission of prior-art to stop 3D printing patents that shouldn't be awarded.  Details are here:

There is a vast wealth of research and prior art in the RepRap community, on its Wiki, and in its blogs.  All this material is in the public domain, and any attempt to patent any of it should not, therefore, be allowed.

Please take a minute every now and then to visit the site and see if some company is trying to patent something that you know is already public.  And fill in the form with a reference (or better a link) to any prior art that you know. 

Thursday, March 07, 2013


Monsanto's Bean Counters

Thanks to Melba Kurman for bringing the following writ to the US Supreme Court to my attention:

As she says, the analogy struck on the bottom of Page 15 is essentially using RepRap as a model for the behaviour of a living system for the purposes of "intellectual property" law.  The wheel has definitely turned full circle...

I wonder, if that argument holds, how far you would get arguing that, as a living thing is deemed to be a type of RepRap machine, then, ipso facto, all living things must fall under the RepRap open licence...

Monday, March 04, 2013


Inside 3D Printing

3D Hackers, Industry experts, venture capitalists, RepRap geeks and people in the engineering, technology, manufacturing, culinary, finance, architecture, medical, and fashion industries will meet at Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, April 22-23 in NYC. The two-day event is the first U.S. east coast expo that is fully focused on 3D printing, its applications, and services.

Attendants will hear from notable thought leaders and explore how 3D printing will affect their lives and businesses. The event will feature more than thirty speakers, including people from Solid Concepts Inc, Autodesk, Inc., 3D Systems, Estee Lauder, Stratasys, Authentise, MGX by Materialise, and more.

Keynote presentations will be given by Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc. (and a sometime critic of aspects of RepRap - go and discuss!) and Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways.

Featured sessions will include Digital Materials, Spotlight on Fashion, Design Tools in the Age of 3D Printing, Transforming Education Through 3D Printing, Art & Architecture: Redefining the Future of Design, How Professional Investors are Playing the 3D Printing Boom, and 3D Printing Firearms: The End of Gun Control? View the full agenda here.

The conference will also feature an expo hall filled with 3D printing, with companies like 3D Systems and MakerBot to provide opportunities for attendants to talk, to see demonstrations and to make contacts.

Reprapers (that's you!) will get 15% off admission and gold passports with the promo-code: RRP15.  For more information, or to register, click here.

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