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Governments are trying to control what you can print.

Get involved. I don’t normally jump in on the anti-gun issues or the 3d printed gun issues but please stay with me, this is bigger than the US and our love/hatred for the second amendment. We need to pay attention to the information laws being passed these days. 3d printing has become huge and a lot of rich people with…

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3D States of Matter: Digital, physical, or other?

A 3D printed castle

3D printing is quickly becoming the next great industrial revolution. What use to be made in bulk overseas can now be made on-demand domestically. As a disruptive technology, 3D printing is largely unregulated. To date US courts are struggling with how to even classify the digital files for 3D objects. Is a 3D printed gun a tangible object subject to…

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3D Printing Piracy

3D printed master lock

3D printing is quickly growing into a ubiquitous technology that will be in many homes in the future. But just as the internet brought instant communication, it also brought its share of negative and illegal practices. Like all technology, it is neither good nor bad. Only in the application of 3D printing can prints fall into legal, legal yet immoral,…

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Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing

Listening for G code

Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing 3D printing and the internet has turned the idea of Intellectual Property (IP) on its head. For many people, the .stl files are seen as open source and free game to anyone who wants to 3D print them, even if there is copyright restrictions. In this generation that grew up file sharing on…

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Creative Common Watermarks

With the recent discovery that a ebay account was pirating files from Thingiverse and selling them without attribution, I realized that some of my own files were vulnerable. One suggestion is to put watermarks into your files. This .stl file has the watermarks you can use for any of the Creative Commons licenses. The TinkerCAD file can be found HERE…

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Who’s 3D model is it?

Sad face pic

A recent controversy has erupted in the 3D printing world. Thingiverse member Louise Driggers posted a 3D model of a sad face, along with an article about a bad business practice happening online. In her post, she found an ebay store called just3D print that had taken over 2,000 digital files from Thingiverse, and in their store posted the prints…

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