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How expiring patents are ushering in the next generation of 3D printing | TechCrunch
via Louis Carbonneau
"These expiring patents — many of which were issued just before the turn of the century and are reaching the end of their lifespan — are releasing the monopolistic control over processes that have long been held by the original pioneers of the 3D printing industry.

For example, when the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing process patent expired in 2009, prices for FDM printers dropped from over $10,000 to less than $1,000, and a new crop of consumer-friendly 3D printer manufacturers, like MakerBot and Ultimaker, paved the way for accessible 3D printing."
"The stereolithography process works by successively “printing” thin layers of an object using an ultraviolet (UV) laser focused on a vat of liquid resin. Regardless of the exact method of production, almost all of the liquid-based technologies we’ve seen recently have been enabled by the expiration of Hull’s patent."
IPR  patents  3D-printing  TechCrunch 
may 2016 by pierredv
AWS Just Made It A Whole Lot Easier For Anyone To Create A Virtual Private Cloud Showing Again How Enterprise Tech Is Obsolete | TechCrunch
"Amazon Web Services will now offer the option for everyone to have their own virtual private cloud (VPC), another sign of the company’s intent to push into the enterprise market. The service means that every customer using EC2 will see the option for a VPC as an instance type. Until now, the VPC was a separate service."
via  LinkedIn  virtualization  TechCrunch  cloud  Amazon  storage 
march 2013 by pierredv
Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back | TechCrunch
"Google scrambled to build Google+ because it watched Facebook and saw users were willing to volunteer biographical data to their social network, and that data is crucial to serving accurate ads users want to click"
Google  Facebook  socialmedia  TechCrunch 
march 2012 by pierredv
Lead Bullets | TechCrunch - Ben Horowitz
"There comes a time in every company’s life when it must fight for its life. If you find yourself running when you should be fighting, you need to ask yourself: “If our company isn’t good enough to win, then do we need to exist at all?”"
stories  commerce  innovation  competition  microsoft  TechCrunch 
october 2011 by pierredv

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