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Open letter to Makerbot - Dingbat
November 22nd, 2012
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From:petrichor_1
Date:November 22nd, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how true this is, since boingboing is increasingly an unreliable narrator, but they said yesterday:

"Many of the key patents in 3D printing start expiring in 2013, and will continue to lapse through '14 and '15. Expect a big bang of 3D printer innovation, and massive price-drops, in the years to come."
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From:quercus
Date:November 22nd, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Boing is turning into the physical world version of Slashdot, with a similar crop of idiocy. Like the Daily Wail, it's certainly a mistake to read the user comments.

I think this "great unleashing of patents" is overblown, at least as far as the Maker-level machines go. I know of no significant patents that are opening up around the fused filament machines, it's all about the polymerisation and powder sintering processes. So those might open up a bit, bring a few new machines into production at the tens of thousands level, but I still can't see hobbyist polymerisation becoming popular with the price of the resins. At most I think we're going to see more and smaller Shapeways appearing. Maybe me!
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From:jarkman
Date:November 23rd, 2012 08:35 am (UTC)
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If this works out as planned (obviously a big if) SLA may get a lot cheaper:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/formlabs/form-1-an-affordable-professional-3d-printer

They are predicting resin at $150/l, which I think is cheap enough to engage hobbyists.
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From:quercus
Date:November 23rd, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Hobbyist 3D print SLA is still a tiny fraction of resin volume, and there's a nice fat profit on those resins at present.

So in who's interest is it to disrupt this?



Formlabs is now its own problem anyway.
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