28 new Apple patent filings reveal 3D printer, 3D Maps, EarPod technologies and more

“On December 26, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of 28 new patent applications from Apple,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“This particular report covers Apple’s second invention relating to a 3D printer in the last month along with a spattering of links to patents covering everything from 3D navigational maps to the technology behind Apple’s EarPods and more,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s patent [application] is very heavy on the technical side of this 3D printer and never really discusses anything that would remotely relate to a consumer product. So for the time being, it may very well be a new tool for Jony Ive’s Industrial Design Team to make prototypes with.”

Much more in, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, the full article here.

3 Comments

  1. Somebody needs to brush up on their reading comprehension skills.

    The article is about a patent for printing ONTO an existing 3D object. Specifically it describes a technique for printing a conductive material onto a 3D surface.

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