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Abstract

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With the development and commercialization of the recyclebot (plastic extruders that fabricate 3-D printing filament from recycled or virgin materials) and various syringe pump designs for self-replicating rapid prototypers (RepRaps), the material selection available for consumers who produce products using 3-D printers is expanding rapidly. This paper provides an open-source algorithm for identifying prior art for 3-D printing materials. Specifically this paper provides a new approach for determining obviousness in this technology area. The potential ramifications on both innovation and patent law in the 3-D printing technological space are discussed.

Highlights[edit | edit source]

  • Rapid expansion of 3D-printing materials for consumers producing 3-D printed articles.
  • Open-source algorithm proposed for identifying prior art concerning 3-D printing materials.
  • Proposed algorithm narrows the search for 3-D printable materials with specific properties.
  • Prior art identified by proposed algorithm can invalidate innovation-restricting patents.
  • Potential ramifications on innovation and patent law in the 3-D printing discussed.


Keywords[edit | edit source]

3-D printing; Additive manufacturing; Materials; 3-D printer filament; 3-D ink; Intellectual property; Prior art; Intellectual monopoly; Public domain; Open source; Open source materials; Libre

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