Category Archives: Legal

Advances in 3D Medicine Printing at 3D Medical Expo 2017

The final day of the 3D Medical Expo 2017 in Maastricht, featured a full program of 9 seminars from industry experts looking at the possibilities …

How to defend your copyright in 3D printing

By Nick Hall

We all know that 3D printing is set to change the world. Soon we’re going to be able to print anything in the comfort of our own homes. It is going to be a total revolution, but we will face issues along the way. Copyright is a complex problem that keeps coming up and so […]

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MyMiniFactory Responds to Sad Face with Happy “Labeling-as-a-Service” for 3D Printables

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If you read Tyler’s coverage of the Sad Face controversy, you’ll see that there is a lot of great conversation taking place in the comments of both articles. By uploading your 3D models to a public place, are you forfeiting ownership? Or are you setting a precedent for a possible copyright?

3D modeling sites like Thingiverse and Cults. have responded with their own positions (in favor of modelers). Now, MyMiniFactory, the largest source of curated 3D printables, has responded with what it calls “labelling-as-a-service”, with which designers can “sign” their objects with their MMF username and a shortened url to the design. …

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Know Your 3D Model Rights! MakerBot and Others Respond to Thingiverse-eBay Controversy

By Tyler Koslow

If you happened to miss out on the controversy involving Thingiverse last week, here’s a quick recap of what went down. One Thingiverse user, named loubie, had noticed that her design had been taken straight from Thingiverse and was being sold in 3D printed form on eBay by a an account vaguely named just3Dprint. Upset that there was no compensation, let alone any credit or recognition for her design, loubie got the attention of the Maker community by telling her story on Thingiverse through her Sad Face model.…

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Is a Designer on Thingiverse Getting Unlawfully Abused by an eBay Seller?

By Tyler Koslow

What makes 3D marketplaces like Thingiverse and MyMiniFactory such a pleasant experience for designers is the open access it gives them to the 3D printing community. Their 3D models can be freely shared, customized, and 3D printed by all, which in turn helps to cultivate innovation throughout this vast network of Makers. But, unfortunately, it also seems to leave these hard-working designers open to exploitation from individuals looking to monetize their freely available CAD models. According to Michael Weinberg, of Public Knowledge, one Thingiverse user, who goes by the name loubie, has brought this issue to light after discovering that over 2,000 models (and their pictures) from Thingiverse were being sold in 3D printed form by an eBay account named just3Dprint.…

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Appeals Court Rules On the Transmission of 3D Files

By John Hornick & Carlos Rosario

In a case with important implications for 3D printing, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – which decides appeals in all U.S. patent cases – ruled in a dispute between tooth aligner competitors Align and ClearCorrect that the U.S. International Trade Commission cannot stop digital blueprints of physical objects from being imported into the U.S.
Image via ClearCorrect.
The ITC is a quasi-judicial, bipartisan, federal agency that polices trade in the interest of protecting U.S.…

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New Book on How 3D Printing Tech Has and Will Continue to Rock Our World

By Tyler Koslow

If you’ve been following our news over the past week or so, you may have happened to stumble upon a controversial article involving patent infringement accusations on new type of 3D printing technology. IP firms were started to keep infringers from stealing a well-thought out idea or business model, one of the largest in the world being the Washington DC-based Finnegan IP law firm. With the recent uproar that 3D printing technology has been causing in industries across the board, one partner from the firm named John Hornick has placed an exclusive focus on the rapidly expanding technology.…

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Additive Industries Licenses EOS Metal 3D Printing Patents

By Michael Molitch-Hou

After unveiling a (virtual) model of their MetalFAB1 3D printer at formnext, Additive Industries has entered an agreement with SLS and DMLS manufacturer EOS to license their laser sintering technology.  The history of laser sintering technology is complex, when it comes to patents and it is possible that, in order for Additive Industries to execute their automated metal 3D printing system, they would need access to EOS patents in order to continue without any major roadblocks.  The actual details of the agreement were not disclosed, except to say that Additive Industries is now licensing select EOS patents, with the possibility of expanding that access in the future.…

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Accusations Fly in Response to NX1 3D Printer Kickstarter

By Tyler Koslow

In what started as a straightforward article about the speedy 3D printing technology featured on Nexa3D’s NX1 Kickstarter has suddenly developed into a mess of patent infringement claims. Diego Castanon, from the Vancouver-based NewPro3D, came to us (and the Nexa3D Kickstarter forum) to claim that Nexa3D had stolen their patented technology and filed it as their own in Italy, six months later. Nexa3D’s Co-founder, Andrea Denaro, was quick to respond by suggesting that Castanon is lying and attempting to disrupt both their Kickstarter and the development of their NX1 3D printer.…

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3D Printed Guns Back on Trial Again in Australia

By Tyler Koslow

One of the very first and still most controversial uses of 3D printing by the general public is the ability to manufacture guns. The potential to freely model and 3D print a lethal weapon within the confines of your own home has absolutely frightened some figures in governments across the world. In the state of California, officials passed Senate Bill 808 which required 3D printed guns to contain detectable components, while in Queensland, Australia, the government proposed outright bans not only on the manufacturing and distribution of 3D printed guns, but also outlawed the sharing of the digital blueprints behind them.…

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