New all metal hot ends.

Getting? I can barely make out the YOU JUST PASSED OLD sign in my rearview mirror :slight_smile:

That joke needs to be explained to this Canuck.

All I meant is that the point where I officially became old happened years ago. If there was a sign at that official point on the road of my life, I would hardly even be able to see it if I looked back.

I’m only 76. What is old?

I generally view 75 as the point where old age begins.

OK I’m old. But there are so many people in my family that lived far too long. Do I have to take up sky diving to avoid that?

I always figured that, if I decided I needed to end it all, I would do it with an overdose of heroine or some other strong psychedelic, just so I could experience what it’s like before the end.

The way I am I do not have to create my own demise.

No, this is a product made by the help of the original belt printer inventors like the one who did the white knight.

Naomi brought them to the table to make this product as perfect as possible.

I saw the guy with his White Knight printer in a YT video. In fact, I linked it earlier in this thread. As I stated in that post, it’s a very impressive machine.

I’m quite sure most of this came from the White Knight. Whenever you invent something good people will jump on you.

It isn’t bad when “copying” an invention when intent to improve it … The biggest inventions were copied from the nature.

As long as any patents have expired then it’s completely fair game for other people to use the features of the patent to make competitive products. I also view lowering the price as an improvement, because it make the product available to many who otherwise have access.

I agree with you! This is the point of " copying"

In fact, it is the entire purpose of the patent system worldwide. It seems many people today have largely forgotten that the system was set up to provide inventors with protection from counterfeiting for a specific number of years, as long as they agreed to make full details of their invention public (as in a patent application). In many jurisdictions, inventors can get their patent(s) extended by making significant improvement to their patented product(s). But, the final purpose of the system is to make the features of patents freely available to the general public, for the betterment of all.

I don’t believe that I would ever patent anything again. It’s a waste of time and money.

It all depends. If it’s a product that will make a lot of money, and particularly 1 wherein the technology will become obvious once it’s on the market, it can be an important & beneficial move to apply for a patent. OTOH, if it’s likely the “secret sauce” will not be discovered by looking at, or reverse engineering, the product, then it may actually be more profitable to not take out a patent.

Such as case is fiberglass insulation. Decades ago, when Dow-Corning figured out how to make glass strands so thin they could be treated like thread, they did not apply for a patent. Potential competitors could see that Corning had figured out how to do it, but the insulation gave no clues as to how. Decades later it came out that the secret was platinum. Dow-Corning figured out that electro-plating the sieves used to create the incredibly thin fibers with platinum eliminated the issue of the glass sticking to the sieve and causing clogs. Not applying for a patent allowed them to keep the secret much longer than they would have otherwise.

How do they explain Disney having patents for so long? I’ve always wondered how they did that.

If they keep updating the product, and thus the patent, they can get extensions for a pretty long time. Of course, the rules change somewhat from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For instance, I’m reasonably sure it used to be that you could make a patented product, even while the patent was still active, as long as you were making it for yourself. Recently, it came to my attention that this is no longer true, at least not in the US (and Canada too I think). Apparently, you can be sued even if you use a patent to make something just for you.