3D Systems is well within its rights to protect its patents relating to the stereolithography process, but when a company that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past year buying up tech takes on the new boys from a Kickstarter-funded start-up it has a whiff of a David vs Goliath matchup.
Its not likely to earn them any support from the Maker and SME communities, where the Formlabs high definition Form1 printer has been much anticipated.
With the big guns looking to bump a competitor product out of the arena it is not looking great for anyone trying to develop new machines, or the variety of low-cost choices available for consumers.
Right now it appears that the expensive method of developing your own standalone processes and technology, without guarantee of success, is the only way to avoid legal complications.
Yet without new competition pushing the industry from its base are we already reaching a plateau before the ‘3D printing revolution’ has had time to fully take off?