A New Dimension In IP Law: 3-D Printing

Law360, New York (April 16, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT) -- The term “3-D printing” is an umbrella reference for additive manufacturing techniques in which physical objects can be built out of many materials using a 3-D model.

3-D Printing Defined

A 3-D model refers to the digital data stored in some format that provides the specifications for a component or assembly. It is typically a piece of software, such as a data file, that can be used by a 3-D printer to create a three-dimensional object.

A 3-D print refers to the three-dimensional object created when a 3-D printer is used to create a 3-D model.

A 3-D scan is a...

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