3D printing enables on-demand solutions for a wide spectrum of needs ranging from personal protection equipment to medical devices and isolation wards. This versatile technology is suited to address supply-demand imbalances caused by socio-economic trends and disruptions in supply chains.
The digital versatility and quick prototyping of 3D printing empowers a swift mobilization of the technology and hence a rapid response to emergencies. Even during severe disruptions in supply chains, critical parts can be manufactured on-demand by any decentralized 3D-printing facility in the world by leveraging designs shared online. Moreover, the addictive nature of 3D printing enables product customization and complex designs. The broad spectrum of 3D-printing applications in the fight against COVID-19.
3D printing is also being used to provide training and visualization aids for healthcare workers to cope with the limited pool of trained personnel. Digitization will continue to transform 3D-printing machines into key parts of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 environments in the post-pandemic, cyber-physical age
Interesting facts about patents abound but while many people are familiar with the term, they do not know what a patent is and why someone needs it. Interesting facts cover a variety of issues such as why you should hire a patent attorney and when a patent expires.
Q. How long have patents been in existence?
A. Patents date back to the ancient Greeks. In 1474, the first patent law was put into effect in the Venetian Republic.
Q. When was the first U.S. patent issued?
A. The first U.S. patent was assigned to Joseph Winslow in 1633.
Q. I have an invention, but some might feel it’s not useful or silly. Can I still get a patent?
A. Since patents have been issued, there have been inventions that are considered silly such as a bicycle with its own sail, a face-mask that prohibits the wearer from eating, even a shirt for gerbils. None of these inventions were disqualified for a patent.
Q. I have an interesting invention for that could be used by major retailers. Should I approach the company directly?
A. Probably not. An example of what can happen dates to 1963 when a big box department store was approached by an individual offering the patent for their invention. The company rejected the invention noting it had no value but paid the individual $10,000 for the research. The company then proceeded to manufacture the invention that ultimately earned the business over $40 million in sales.
Q. Is the polio vaccine patented?
A. No. Jonas Salk did not patent the vaccine. It’s estimated the worth of the vaccine would have netted Salk around $7 billion.
Q. What about insulin? Was that patented?
A. No. The researchers involved in discovering insulin made the decision not to apply for a patent. They did this so the treatment of diabetes would remain inexpensive.
Q. Did Benjamin Franklin patent his many inventions?
A. No. He felt it was important to give back to those whose inventions he had had access to and that anything he invented should be shared with the world.
Q. I realize there are a lot of questionable patents that make no sense. Is there one that stands out?
A. Yes. One that didn’t stand a chance was when the Halliburton Company attempted to get a patent for patenting.
Innovation Expo 2019 opened at the Grand Guelph on Oct. 3, 2019.
This exciting event, the largest of its kind in Guelph, celebrates the success and growth of more than 150 recipients collaboratively supported through Innovation Guelph’s Fuel Injection Program and Bioenterprise’s Seed Funding Program, funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The Expo tradeshow floor showcases more than 80 vendors from companies across southern Ontario that have leveraged the federal seed funding to successfully launch significant and exciting innovations and inject over $100 million (and growing) back into the economy!