Taking the Intiative - Solid Innovations' first Patent Awarded
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Intellectual property has always been a prominent feature of American ingenuity. Since the signing of the U.S. constitution in 1787, which stated, under article One, section 8, clause 8:
"Congress shall have power ... To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;"
And subsequent patent & trademark office creation in 1975, the federal government of the United States has offered inventors a limited-time monopoly of twenty years, for ideas deemed novel, in the hope of encouraging the free-use and sharing of innovations after patent expiration.
To date, over 8-million patents have been granted by the United States government with no slow down in sight. An area of current rapid intellectual property growth and patent awardance is Additive Manufacturing, better known as 3D-Printing.
Experts in the field of Additive Manufacturing consider Charles "Chuck" Hull the father of 3D-Printing and often refer to his first patent on the subject, issued in 1986, as the birth date for 3D-Printing. Since 1986, 3D-Printing technology has spread from a technology initially marketed for prototyping into a full-blown manufacturing method for end-use consumer parts.
However, the transition from prototypes to end-use parts is a difficult one, especially for a newer manufacturing technology. 3D-Printing, as a manufacturing technology, faces multiple issues preventing wide-spread adoption. High cost, slow manufacturing speed, a steep learning curve, and process inconsistency are the primary drivers hindering 3D-Printing's true potential.
Started in 2015, Solid Innovations, LLC, set out to create new and innovative solutions to tackle these problems facing American manufacturing. Originally started as a manufacturing software company, Solid Innovations focuses on creating solutions that make manufacturing equipment intelligent.
Their current mission is centered on building user friendly software that makes 3D-Printers 'Smart' in the pursuit of making Additive an easier technology for manufacturers to utilize for mass-production.
To solve the issues preventing adoption of Additive Manufacturing, Solid Innovations developed software for 3D-Printers that automates the repetitive steps of the Additive workflow. These solutions enable less skilled users to perform standard tasks quicker and more reliably while increasing 3D-Printed component quality & traceability.
Their recently patented 'Smart' 3D-Printer technology enables 3D-Printers to be self-aware and understand errors occurring during the manufacturing process. Fabrication error detection during the manufacturing process greatly improves the adopt-ability of Additive Manufacturing.
Technologies like Solid Innovations' 'Smart' 3D-Printing might just be the spark that ignites the next American industrial revolution.
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