Nikon is working on a 3D printer that can actually correct its own mistakes. A patent was filed for the 3D printer recently that revealed the functional design of the new 3D Printer.
|Nikon Files Patent Application for Print-Repairing 3D Printer|
…..Nikon, like so many other long-lived companies before it, is branching out, or at least taking steps to do so. The company filed a patent for a 3D printer – and it sounds pretty cool.
The recently published patent is for “an apparatus for manufacturing a three dimensional shaped object,” and it includes a unique feature – it fixes its own mistakes. An “inspecting unit” would examine each layer of the print for holes or rough surfaces, and would then take action to fill in the holes or to make sure the next layer adhered to the rough surface. This self-correcting mechanism would take care of some of the most common flaws in metal powder-based prints to deliver better quality overall.
The patent was first filed in 2015, and just published recently, so Nikon has clearly been thinking about 3D printing for quite some time. Although that information is new to the public, it’s not surprising, considering how many other manufacturers of more traditional products such as cameras, computers and 2D printers have been either entering the 3D printing market or filing patent applications for 3D printing equipment. Apple has become notorious for filing 3D printing patents, some of which are practical and some rather outlandish, and none of which may ever turn into physical products – though they may. Likewise, it’s impossible to know if anything will ever come of Nikon’s patent application.