Has anyone who is familiar with any modernization efforts of the US patent system heard proposals to accept 3D Digital models in addition or in lieu of patent drawings? If so do you have any literature links?
There are 3D repositories of 3D models such as:
3D Model Repository that the USPTO can emulate to have private submissions of working digital prototypes that can give examiners so much more information than a 2D set of drawings.
My searches revealed an interest by the USPTO in 3D Printing only: