Kobe Steel had 37 patents in 3D printing during Q4 2023. Kobe Steel Ltd filed a patent for a resin strand with a spiral groove for 3D printing, and a manufacturing system for additively-manufactured objects that includes a torch, measuring unit, switching unit, and correction unit to optimize the deposition of weld beads. GlobalData’s report on Kobe Steel gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Kobe Steel grant share with 3D printing as a theme is 35% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Strand (Patent ID: US20230392303A1)

The patent filed by Kobe Steel Ltd. describes a resin strand designed for use as a raw material in 3D printing. The unique feature of this strand is the presence of a spiral groove along its outer surface, running parallel to its length. This design allows for improved control and precision in the additive manufacturing process.

The claims associated with the patent detail additional aspects of the strand, such as the specific formation of the spiral grooves, the inclusion of fibers or fiber bundles along the length of the strand, and the twisting of these fibers together. The patent also specifies the shape of the cross-section of the strand, with outer edges formed by arcs of the same circle. These features work together to enhance the performance and quality of the 3D printing process when using this specialized resin strand.

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