International Business Machines had seven patents in 3D printing during Q1 2024. IBM has developed a multi-nozzle additive manufacturing system that includes a primary print head, a nozzle print head for printing different nozzles, and an extendable body with wall adhesion devices for improved 3D printing capabilities. GlobalData’s report on International Business Machines gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

International Business Machines grant share with 3D printing as a theme is 300% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Multi-nozzle additive manufacturing (Patent ID: US20240083077A1)

The patent filed by IBM describes mechanisms for multi-nozzle additive manufacturing using a three-dimensional printer with a primary print head, a nozzle print head, and a secondary nozzle. The printer is capable of printing objects using different nozzles, with the secondary nozzle being printed by the nozzle print head. The method involves determining multiple nozzles for additive manufacturing, printing the secondary nozzle using the nozzle print head, and then printing the object using the primary print head, primary nozzle, and the printed secondary nozzle. The secondary nozzle can be retrofitted onto the primary nozzle to modify its characteristics, and a machine learning model can be used to generate characteristics of the secondary nozzle based on input characteristics of the object and primary print head.

The three-dimensional printer and method described in the patent allow for more efficient additive manufacturing by enabling the use of different nozzles for printing objects. By printing the secondary nozzle using a higher melting temperature material than the primary material, the printer can handle a wider range of materials and applications. The use of a conveyer for exchanging nozzles and a machine learning model for generating characteristics of the secondary nozzle based on input parameters further enhance the capabilities and flexibility of the printer. Overall, the patent introduces innovative mechanisms for multi-nozzle additive manufacturing that can improve the efficiency and versatility of 3D printing processes.

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