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Old 11-07-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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The Verge: 3D Printing & DRM

This is a cool article:
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You wouldnít steal a car, goes the old anti-piracy warning. But would you print one from The Pirate Bay? Itís a question thatís been asked since 3D printers started entering the mainstream. Itís also one that raises an inevitable follow-up question: if 3D-printing piracy grows, will companies be tempted to wage war against it by controlling where, when, and how much you can print?

3D printingís first copyright skirmish came in 2011, when Netherlands-based designer Ulrich Schwanitz began selling his own printed version of the "impossible" Penrose Triangle. While Schwanitz kept his process secret, fellow designer Artur Tchoukanov reverse-engineered it and posted a similar file on MakerBotís Thingiverse catalog ó leading Schwanitz to promptly file a takedown notice. MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis removed the files and quickly added DMCA-specific text to the Thingiverse terms of service ó a section that remained even after Schwanitz dropped his complaint. "For better or worse, weíve hit a milestone in the history of digital fabrication," wrote Pettis."

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/17/4...ple-3d-printing
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While you could certainly create a system for protecting 3D files it would be a much much more difficult problem to prevent people from printing 3D files they created themselves of copyrighted designs
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But would you print one from The Pirate Bay?


Assuming:
  • That printing one would be cheaper than buying one.
  • That the high quality printing tools are readily accessible.
  • And that you could produce a functioning full size vehicle to begin with...

Hell no. And it wouldn't be just the designer after you for doing it, but the cops as well. The cop will pull you over and say: "I'm going to need to see some insurance and registration."

You're not going to have it registered because you can't register a home-made vehicle. You're not going to have insurance because you need to register it first.

That car is going to be impounded and crushed, and you're going to be left with a nice fine for all your trouble.

All this assuming that it doesn't kill you first.

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Someone prints a car, even if its exactly like an existing one, there's no way to be sure it'll be as safe or last as long. And hell, if you could produce a car like that, the car companies would be the first to do it and the price would be competitive with the act of doing it yourself.

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While you could certainly create a system for protecting 3D files it would be a much much more difficult problem to prevent people from printing 3D files they created themselves of copyrighted designs


You're right. They're not going to prevent people from doing that. They can't. Its only distribution they can stop... and just barely.

On the topic of printing itself...

The company I work for was interested in printing a small part of a real building TO SCALE. It was a classic molding from a very old building. The idea was to impress a potential client, but it was way too cost prohibitive, and most printers are limited to printing objects in a 1 foot cube area... which depending on your materials if you fill that it can set you back a few thousand dollars!

That said, printing is becoming useful to more than just hobbyists. A local engineering contractor is using it to print small models already.

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On the topic of printing itself...

The company I work for was interested in printing a small part of a real building TO SCALE. It was a classic molding from a very old building. The idea was to impress a potential client, but it was way too cost prohibitive, and most printers are limited to printing objects in a 1 foot cube area... which depending on your materials if you fill that it can set you back a few thousand dollars!

That said, printing is becoming useful to more than just hobbyists. A local engineering contractor is using it to print small models already.



The DIY printers these days would be very good at that type of thing, there's several that have a larger build volume than 1 foot cube, and using PLA or ABS as a print material means it wouldn't be very expensive to print, and if it's not too detailed those printers get really good results.
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