The Spark Gap Podcast - Episode 2

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In this episode Karl and Corey talk about Corey’s newest hobby, 3D Printing.
Also, Karl gets the outcome of the 3D Systems vs. Form Labs lawsuit wrong.

SolidDoodle 3D Printers

Solidoodle 2nd Generation 3D Printer

3D Systems Cube 3D Printer

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Makerbot is not as old as I originally thought. It was founded in 2009. Sparkfun was founded in 2003. Adafruit was founded in 2005.

Form Labs

3D Systems vs. Form Labs

I misspoke regarding the exact outcome of the lawsuit regarding 3D Systems and FormLabs.
It turns out it wasn’t solved by a simple waiting game. Many 3D printing patents have recently expired, but the one stated in 3D Systems lawsuit was still active.

Here is the timeline that I have pieced together:

First in November of 2012: 3D Systems sues Form Labs and Kickstarter over patent infringment.

Here was the patent in dispute:,597,520#v=onepage&q=5%2C597%2C520&f=false

Then in June of 2013: It seems that the lawsuit was paused by a judge because the two sides stated they were going to work on an out of court settlement.

The most recent news as of January 2014: States that they Form Labs did not settle with 3D Systems.
3D Systems apparently dropped their suite against Kickstarter, but they expanded their suite against Form Labs. 3D Systems is claiming that Form Labs is in violation of 8 patents now.

I have not been able to find any additional information regarding the suite.  

KickStarter and 3D Printers


The first extremely succesful 3D printer campaign on KickStarter

The Micro

One of the latest successful Kickstarter campaigns

Heated Beds for 3D Printers

XYZ Printing 3D Printer

EEPROM Reset with an Arduino

Forum with many more hacks for the Da Vinci 1.0 Printer

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