Thursday, 11 April 2013
3-D Printing Fun or Massive IP Infringement
Recently, co-blogger Neil Wilkof wrote about 3-D printing. The promise of 3-D printing is astounding and could be the next technology that changes the game in many different industries/fields—from biotech to ordinary manufacturing. And, as with any new technology, there are a ton of IP issues. I spent some time browsing this website the other day: www.thingiverse.com. I strongly recommend you check it out. Here is the description of Thingiverse:
Thingiverse is a place for you to share your digital designs with the world. We believe that just as computing shifted away from the mainframe into the personal computer that you use today, digital fabrication will share the same path. In fact, it is already happening: laser cutters, cnc machines, 3D printers, and even automated paper cutters are all getting cheaper by the day. These machines are useful for a huge variety of things, but you need to supply them with a digital design in order to get anything useful out of them. We're hoping that together we can create a community of people who create and share designs freely, so that all can benefit from them.