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HP Chemists Hunt Violators of Ink Patents
Aug. 29, 2006| WSJ | by Christoper Lawton. H-P's ink-cartridge
business acts as a powerful annuity for the company. HP, which has a
market share of 50% in the U.S. and more than 4,000 patents on its ink
formulations and cartridge design, often sells its printers at a loss,
then essentially locks customers in when they have to repeatedly come
back to buy replacement ink cartridges. In fiscal 2005, H-P made more
than 80% of its $5.6 billion in operating profit from ink and toner
supplies, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. To protect this
franchise, increasingly under attack from rivals, H-P could sue any ink
makers it suspects are infringing on its patents. This month, it sued
China's G&G Ninestar Image Co., a cartridge manufacturer, alleging
G&G had violated seven H-P patents in cartridge design. The
complaint also targets four online retailers. H-P also asked the
International Trade Commission to open an investigation against
HP  printing  patents  patent_law  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2010 by jerryking
3-D printers: Press a button and make anything
Nov. 08, 2010 | - The Globe and Mail | KEITH NORBURY. Two
decades ago, affordable laser and ink-jet printers fuelled the desktop
publishing revolution. More recently, three-dimensional “printing” has
spawned another revolution that promises to create new opportunities for
small businesses. ..While the technology is best-suited for making
one-of-a-kind prototypes, it can also be used for short-run
manufacturing. It’s a boon for inventors hesitant to spend upwards of
$100,000 on an injection mould before knowing how well their products
will be received. Ms. Kalbhenn’s company has done runs of 20 of an item
for as little as $265 for the batch, or a single, complex piece for as
much as $10,000.
3-D  printing  prototyping  speed  manufacturers  small_batch  one-of-a-kind 
november 2010 by jerryking
3-D Printing Is Spurring a Manufacturing Revolution -
Sept. 13, 2010 | NYT | By ASHLEE VANCE. A 3-D printer, which
has nothing to do with paper printers, creates an object by stacking one
layer of material — typically plastic or metal — on top of another, as a
pastry chef makes baklava with sheets of phyllo dough. The technology
has been radically transformed from its origins as a tool used by
manufacturers and designers to build prototypes. These days it is giving
rise to a string of never-before-possible businesses that are selling
iPhone cases, lamps, doorknobs, jewelry, handbags, perfume bottles,
clothing and architectural models. How successfully will the technology
will make the transition from mfg. apps to producing consumer goods? Its
use is exploding. A California start-up is even working on building
houses. Its printer, which would fit on a tractor-trailer, would use
patterns delivered by computer, squirt out layers of special concrete
and build entire walls that could be connected to form the basis of a
3-D  printing  prototyping  design  manufacturers  start_ups 
september 2010 by jerryking
Bookshops Push Custom Printing -
AUGUST 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | Dana Mattioli
Dana_Mattioli  books  bookstores  printing 
august 2010 by jerryking
Hewlett-Packard Wants to Print for Smartphones -
June 6, 2010 | NYT | By ASHLEE VANCE. The hardest part may be
convincing consumers to change their behavior and adopt the new tools.
People who once printed out directions now have their own navigational
devices, and things like boarding passes and tickets are starting to
give way to their digital equivalents on smartphones. Analysts add that
recessions tend to condition people to print less.
Ashlee_Vance  HP  printing  smartphones 
june 2010 by jerryking

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