Category Archives: Patents

Interview: New study shows 3D printing is second fastest growing technology of 2017

IFI CLAIMS Patent Services has published a new report showing the enterprises, technologies and countries with the most patents. For 2017, over 320,000 patents were granted – an increase of 5.2% on the previous year and a new record. I caught up with Larry Cady, senior analyst, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, to learn more about […]

Apple Files A Host of Patents Related to Liquidmetal and 3D Printing

One of the biggest (and most secretive) companies in the world is always going to court a vast amount of speculation. Yesterday saw the wires heat up following the application for a series of patents by Apple concerning the use of Liquidmetal technology; a couple of them referred directly to 3D printing applications.
This is likely significant in that it points to some serious R&D with proprietary 3D printing tech going on, as ever, behind the scenes; but the chances of this having high-street impact any time soon is about as likely as Apple announcing its plans to the world freely and openly.…

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