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Shielding Intellectual Property from 3-D Printing’s Paradigm Shift

Medical toolIt’s not hard to imagine a time in the not-too-distant future when physicians start using 3-D printing technology to produce tools for their robotic surgery systems that are based on existing copyrighted models but customized to address patient-specific needs. But what happens when the copyright holders of those existing models start attributing depressed bottom lines to … Continue Reading

The Do-It-Yourself Surgery Genie is About to Escape the Bottle

DIY Surgical RobotYouTube is a great educational resource. By watching a few videos, one can learn just about anything, from how to tie a fancy knot to how to assemble an internal combustion engine. The website also features numerous videos concerning various do-it-yourself medical procedures. Recently, my colleague Amy Foust and I viewed a fascinating video about … Continue Reading

Five Steps Robotic Manufacturers Can Take to Limit Liability When Using 3-D Printing

3-D PrinterClinical robotics and other emerging technologies are profoundly reshaping the way in which medicine is practiced.  One of those technologies, additive manufacturing—also known as 3-D printing—is helping usher in a new era of innovation and customization unlike anything that we have ever seen.  But with this promising innovative technology also come many novel challenges, as … Continue Reading
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