Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Microsoft is trying to get into 3D printing

Look no further than a company’s patent trail to understand its expansion plans. If some moonshot technology suddenly comes up in a filing and never resurfaces again, it’s likely just the legal department trying to make the most out of employees’ overflowing imagination. But if that technology starts appearing in more applications over time, then you may have just stumbled…

Inside Autodesk's 3D printer plans

When Autodesk debuted its first 3D printer earlier this year and released the blueprints for free, the move was seen as little more than a sophisticated attempt at raising awareness about the likewise open-source modelling software it introduced for makers in conjunction. But in retrospect, the launch marked the first act in a far more…