US Patent Office to Hold 3D Printing Partnership Meeting in January

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host an Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Alexandria campus. Additive manufacturing, sometimes called “3D printing,” refers to a group of new technologies that create objects from 3D computer models, usually by joining thin materials, layer upon layer. In addition to serving as a forum for users sharing ideas, experiences, and insights in the emerging field, the meeting will elicit discussions on how the USPTO can improve and expand its relationship with individual users.

Additive manufacturing is used in the fields of jewelry, footwear, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many others. Representatives from 3D Systems, Sratasys and MakerBot will also be on site to provide an overview of the application of additive manufacturing in different technologies and demonstrations of 3D printers.

What:              Additive Manufacturing Partnership Meeting

When:             January 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT


USPTO Campus, Madison North Auditorium
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA  22314

Space is limited and registration will be done on a first-come first-served basis. Please RSVP by e-mail to or,  or by telephone to Jill Warden at (571) 272-1267 or Veronica Ewald at (571) 272-8519 to confirm your attendance.


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