The maker of resin 3-D printers has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of selling fake 3-d printers.3D printer maker AltaVista Technologies, maker of the Ultimaker 3D printers and a number of other products, agreed to settle the suit in October.
The settlement resolves allegations that it made fraudulent and misleading representations to customers about the accuracy of the products sold by it.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Sacramento, alleged that Alta Vista manufactured the products without a license and then lied to customers.3-D printer and mill maker Altsys filed the suit last fall and argued that Altsy failed to file a federal trademark registration for the term “Ultimaker.”
Alta Vistas lawyers said the company was not a licensee and had no obligation to file for a trademark because it was a reseller of its products.
AltaVistas has been the subject of numerous regulatory investigations by the Federal Trade Commission.
It is one of several 3-to-5-step processes by which the company can seek to remove itself from the market.3DPrinting and mill makers have been criticized for a range of practices, including not properly certifying the accuracy or quality of the equipment.
The 3-step process of removing a company from the marketplace is typically initiated by a government agency or law enforcement agency.3d printers and other 3-in-1 products have become increasingly popular in recent years, as companies have been able to create more powerful, customizable versions of existing designs.
Altsys and its parent company, 3D Systems, have long maintained that their machines are the most accurate 3-dimensional printers available, and they’ve argued that they provide the most realistic, reproducible and reliable results.
The company says the 3-inch, 1-millimeter and 3.5-inch versions of its printers are among the most efficient, accurate and reliable.
Altech and 3D Technology filed suit in 2014 in California against Alta and its owners, claiming Alta sold counterfeit 3-point printing devices and 3-axis printers that falsely claimed to be 3-millimeters in size.
Alta settled the lawsuit in March, and Altech agreed to a $2.6 billion settlement in August.
Altabaq said the $1 million settlement will go toward the payment of legal fees and the payment for a temporary restraining order to stop the company from selling 3-million-dollar printers, which it claimed were counterfeit.
Altransys, the other defendant in the case, said in a statement that it was “pleased to settle with the parties to resolve these matters in a fair and expeditious manner.”3D printing is a popular way to produce digital images that can be used for anything from 3-foot high, 3-feet wide art projects to small home furnishings.
Altabaq has said that 3-mills, or mill machines, are not capable of printing a 3-by-3-inch object as accurately as traditional 3-and-d designs, and that 3d printers are too expensive and require specialized software to operate correctly.