Stratasys has been granted a patent for a method that allows a 3D printer to query its hardware and software properties to select suitable printable models or identify when a new model needs to be created. The method involves receiving a request, querying the printer, creating a fabrication profile, and generating a machine-ready representation of the model. GlobalData’s report on Stratasys gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Stratasys, Spacecraft 3D Printing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Stratasys's grant share as of January 2024 was 59%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Customizing 3d printing based on printer properties

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Stratasys Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886774B2) outlines a method for fabricating objects from three-dimensional models using target printers. The method involves receiving a request to fabricate an object, determining the appropriate printer, querying the printer for configuration information, creating a fabrication profile based on this information, and generating a machine-ready representation of the model for fabrication. The process includes considerations such as hardware and firmware configurations, user settings, application used, and build materials within the target printer.

Furthermore, the method includes transmitting the machine-ready representation to the target printer for fabrication, ensuring compatibility with the printer's capabilities. In cases where modifications are needed to meet the fabrication profile, the method allows for adjustments such as translation, rotation, scaling, and changing tool path speeds. Additionally, the method involves generating descriptive metadata to accompany the machine-ready representation, specifying properties for comparison with selected printers. The patent also highlights the determination of a target printer based on geographic location, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of the fabrication process.

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