Stratasys says Afinia 3D printer infringes on four of its patents

3D printing company Stratasys reported today that it has brought suit for patent infringement against Afinia, the company behind the Afinia H-Series 3D printer.

Stratasys alleges four of its patents were infringed on, the most recent of which was issued in January 2013. The complaint cites patents related to “part porosity, liquefier structure, temperature control and tool paths for constructing part perimeters.”

According to the company, this is the first time Stratasys has commenced an action for infringement of its patents.

“IP infringement discourages companies from investing in innovation,” Stratasys CEO David Reis said in a statement. “Stratasys pioneered 3D printing, and invests millions of dollars each year to develop our technologies. In 2012 alone, Stratasys Ltd invested $33.3 million or 9.3 percent of its revenues in R&D. We intend to protect that investment.”

Afinia, a division of Microboards Technology LLC, is based in Chanhassen, Minn., and Stratasys maintains its U.S. headquarters in the nearby suburb of Eden Prairie. The suit was brought in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

[ photo courtesy of Stratasys ]