26 Feb '13, 1pm

Giving 3D printed parts a shiny smooth finish

Giving 3D printed parts a shiny smooth finish

Beware that smoothing 3D printed parts with a solvent is PATENTED, just like many other OBVIOUS little things you can do while making 3D printed parts also have been granted ridiculous patents. Some obvious examples are: 1) Keeping your 3D printer at a warm temperature in a temperature-controlled box is patented. There is prior art for this for temperature controlled work spaces. Stupid patent! 2) 3D printing a batch containing more than one part the same build platform is patented. There is prior art for building things in batches. Stupid patent! 3) 3D printing parts on a conveyor belt is patented. There is prior art in Henry Ford’s assembly line. Stupid patent! Sadly, the “open source” MakerBot guys were granted this patent for 3D printing on an assembly line conveyor belt. The US patent system is horribly broken. And it was recently made worse, buy restricting prior art...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/02/26/giving-3d-printed-parts-a-...

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