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System and Method to Print Unique Versions of 3D Objects by Dynamically Altering Relative Attributes

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238607D
Publication Date: 2014-Sep-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 149K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method to allow a user to intelligently alter iterative three-dimensional (3D) prints of a model to create or ensure uniqueness as compared to a set of existing prints.

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System and Method to Print Unique Versions of 3D Objects by Dynamically Altering Relative Attributes

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is an emerging technology that is expected to be the next wave in consumer devices and to enable and change various industries. This type of additive manufacturing allows for the creation of plastic (and other material) models, on demand.

3D printers, like the predecessor paper printers, are designed to produce exact replicas of the intended printed product; at least up to the capability of the device. However, there are situations in which it may be not desirable to have exact copies of an object (e.g., printing a toy for three children in the house - best to have some level of uniqueness for each, or required licensing for exact copies). A method is needed to enable a user to alter iterative or subsequent prints (or initial, depending on licensing) when a model is printed.

The novel and non-obvious system and method allow a user to intelligently alter iterative 3D prints of a model to create or ensure uniqueness as compared to a set of existing prints.

The printing system determines the need for an alteration from exact duplication or creation (not core - standard operation). This can come in the form of a user request or known licensing requirements. A user may request that one or more copies are altered in some fashion and may request type of alteration (e.g., color, texture, etc.), or may just specify that a differentiation exist between prints and let the system randomize the differences. A user may request a level of uniqueness compared to known prints of an object, such as a percentage of difference from existing prints, where each possible alteration is taken into account. Alternatively, licensing may limit the use of a schematic in exact production to one use, but allow more to be created with alterations or deviations from the original.

The system can obtain potential alterations for an object to be printed, and then determine a set of permutations for the alteration into a set/pool of resources. It coordinates those resources with the number of prints needed (e.g., according to the number persons in a household, within an extended group such as a social network, etc.). Characteristics for alteration include, but are not limited to:


 color


 texture


 scale/size


 thickness


 material used


 ratio (of components or attributes on an object, such as one leg on a chair compared to the other legs or the length of all legs compared to the original)


 physical aspects such as protrusions, notches, slits, holes, etc.

The provider's rules or user desire may dictate that each one produced has greater

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variance from the original than the previous one produced, or any other order may be used. Alteration may avoid (or not avoid, depending on provider's requirements) functional aspects of the product, such as hinges, butto...