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Disney files patent for near instantaneous 3D printing

Lucas Mearian | May 3, 2016
Disney claims its technology could print in minutes what other machines take hours to make.

Disney Research also filed a patent to limit unauthorized copying of its merchandise using a 3D printer that could authenticate the 3D or .stl (stereolithography) file.

"The digital file defines not only the outer shell of the 3D object but also defines a unique identifier or identification (ID) element to be printed in the inner volume (within the outer shell) of the 3D object in one or more layers," Disney stated.

The ID element could be a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that is embedded in the 3D printed object.


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