Could a 3d prototype replace drawings for patents?
Would the prototype show the original concept?
Could the code that is used to create a prototype be submitted as part of the patent?
Let's face it, unless you're a patent attorney or have an engineering background, a patent is very difficult to decipher. Seeing what the patent "does" using a prototype might solve a lot of the issues we face today.
3D Printer has a great story on why 3D printing and inventors may be a perfect match?
To adapt a cliché, one polished, functioning 3D prototype is worth a
thousand words during a pitch to potential investors (who can pay for
the patenting process, if desired) or a potential retailer.
possible advantage of prototyping is if the product proves less than
ideal on use, the inventor can test and optimize. It’s never a bad
thing to hit the market with the most functional expression of a new
I wonder how this could affect the patent submission process?
3d printing opens a world of opportunity for entrepreneurs and inventors.
"manufacturing" isn't dead in the U.S., it is very much alive. Gone are the days of big buildings making widgets replaced with a 3d printer and a little creativity.
The tool that turned $10,000 into $2,800,000 in 2 years.