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
- Corey’s original first choice for a 3D printer: http://cubify.com/en/Cube
Main website for all things reprap: http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap
Overview of the RepRap Machines:http://reprap.org/wiki/Build_A_RepRap
- Control Board on the original Solidoodle 2 (and many other) 3D printers: http://reprap.org/wiki/Sanguinololu
Makerbot is not as old as I originally thought. It was founded in 2009. Sparkfun was founded in 2003. Adafruit was founded in 2005.
Main Website: http://www.makerbot.com/
Original Cupcake 3D Printer from Makerbot http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:457
Makerbot’s response to criticism of its closed source business model: http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/09/24/lets-try-that-again/
Makerbot’s currently held patents: http://www.makerbot.com/legal/patents/
Where I initially found out about the patent filing by MakerBot: http://www.openbeamusa.com/blog/2014/5/22/stay-classy-makerbot
More information about the latest patent filing by MakerBot: http://boingboing.net/2014/05/30/whats-the-story-with-the-mak.html
MakerBot’s response to the claim of prior art: http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/28/makerbot-responds-to-critics-who-claim-it-is-stealing-community-ip/
Form-1 3D Printer Kick Starter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/formlabs/form-1-an-affordable-professional-3d-printer
Upgraded version of the original Form 1: http://formlabs.com/products/form-1-plus/
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: http://www.google.com/patents/US5597520?dq=5,597,520#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.
3D Printing patents are now a pretty popular subject.
- There is even a blog devoted to the subject: http://lawitm.com/
KickStarter and 3D Printers
- List of all successful campaings: http://www.3dprinterworld.com/reference/3d-printers-successfully-funded-kickstarter-and-indiegogo
The first extremely succesful 3D printer campaign on KickStarter
One of the latest successful Kickstarter campaigns
Heated Beds for 3D Printers
- More information about heated beds: http://bootsindustries.com/portfolio-item/heat-bed-3d-printing/
XYZ Printing 3D Printer