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Pirate Bay To Offer Physical Item Downloads

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the print-me-up-some-caltrops-please dept.

Piracy 343

lukehopewell1 writes "The Pirate Bay is offering users the chance to download and print out real objects using 3D printers in what the pirate site is hailing as 'the future.'" Amir Taaki mentions that among the new "physibles" uploaded to the Pirate Bay are "plans for a tabletop replica for a Warhammer 40k dreadnought that got taken down in December with a DMCA request." Downloadable 3D models have been around for a while; MakerBot users are probably all familiar with the Thingiverse. Couple TPB with a cheap method of accurate 3D scanning, though, and I wonder what illegal shapes will emerge.

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Car (4, Funny)

Rinisari (521266) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806695)

I want to download a car!

Re:Car (5, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806711)

You wouldn't, though.

Re:Car (5, Interesting)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806723)

Yes, yes I would.

Re:Car (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806907)

> Yes, yes I would. -- Kathryn Janeway

FTFY

Re:Car (5, Funny)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806745)

Don't Copy That Jalopy!!

Re:Car (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806961)

Sir, you win so many friggin' internets.

Re:Car (5, Insightful)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807245)

You can download Parts for your Car! think of old those small broken plastics that cost a fortune from the dealer, now you can just print it.

Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807513)

The output of the 3d printers will be made of a completely different substance than the specialized car parts. The different substance will likely have different heat and pressure tolerances, different tensile strength, and so on. It probably won't work, and could cause damage.

Re:Bad idea (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807643)

could cause damage.

Oh, I'm sure that's going to be harped on whether it's true or not. Far too much money in the parts market to allow Joe Blow to download his own replacement parts, even if they're are purely cosmetic, like screw covers...

Re:Car (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807385)

Only if it flies. What could possibly go wrong?

You wouldn't download a car (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806709)

"You wouldn't download a car"
Screw you, I can soon!

Wow... (5, Funny)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806729)

Those "You wouldn't download a car, would you?" warnings on the beginning of DVD's are going to be funny when people actually are downloading cars...

For the record, I totally would.

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807155)

You wouldn't trace a Caliburn

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807313)

How about the plans to a Ford Model T or Model A ? Should be in the public domain by now....

Re:Wow... (2)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807341)

How about the plans to a Ford Model T or Model A ? Should be in the public domain by now....

Not if they were never published. Trade secrets can stay that way forever. I forget what the law says about leaked trade secrets, though.

Re:Wow... (2)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807467)

Fuck that. We can design our own Open Source car!

How would you register a downloaded car? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806757)

That's the one thing I'm not sure of. I'm all for downloading one, but where can I get a VIN to make it street legal?

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806807)

Cue the people breaking walking down the streets with a notepad copying down VINs for sale on the black market...

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (1)

oPless (63249) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806845)

Solution: Just make them up!

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (5, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806923)

That's the one thing I'm not sure of. I'm all for downloading one, but where can I get a VIN to make it street legal?

This is the least of your concerns -- people do build their own cars in garages and there are procedures in place to register those cars. The real problem with downloading a car is that Detroit will join Hollywood in attacking new technologies rather than updating their business model.

Well that and... (3, Informative)

Brain-Fu (1274756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807593)

You cannot build a functional combustion engine out of any substance malleable enough to be usable by a cheap consumer-grade 3d printer.

Cars require metal parts, and metal parts require more powerful equipment to forge.

Re:Well that and... (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807667)

Even so, this could blow the kit-car market wide open...

Re:Well that and... (3, Informative)

FrozenFood (2515360) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807715)

get CAD file.

send CAD file to CNC company instead of 3d printer $$$$$ for 4 cylinder engine block

profit?

people hail these 3D printers as something new. CNC lathes and milling machines have been doing this for decades. its just the materal is diffrent. you DO know you can send a cad/3d model to a company and they will make parts for you out of plastic/stainless/titanium, without inventing the words "3d printer"

No, but you can make a blank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807757)

and then make a mold in green sand.

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (3, Informative)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806945)

That's the one thing I'm not sure of. I'm all for downloading one, but where can I get a VIN to make it street legal?

In most states you'll not be surprised to learn there is a form and a nominal fee to have the state assign you one.

Happens ALL the time for homemade custom boat trailers and to a much lesser extent homemade motorcycles and cars.

Its not usually much of an issue. "Red states" stereotypically seem to have a half page form and want like $5, "Blue states" stereotypically seem to have a 30 page form and want $100, but its always possible...

The biggest "problem" you'll encounter is most states have a certain location, size, and technique required to permanently deface the vehicle with the new VIN. Usually engraving a part of the frame meets the legal obligation, but how you engrave the frame ranges from "hold my beer and watch what I do with a dremel" all the way up to strange photoetching techniques.

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807379)

That is the hard way.

The easy way. go to a junkyard and buy the registration and Vin plate from a car to be crushed or the frame/body of one.. Yes you can do this.

Attach the vin plate to your car, register the car with the old title you had signed over to you.

It's listed as a "salvage title" but who cares. It's how I got my sand rail on the road legally without all the stupid safety engineering testing that Michigan has for experimental vehicle registration. IT was registered as a VW bug.

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807407)

"Blue states" stereotypically seem to have a 30 page form and want $100, but its always possible...

Yeah but 20 pages of that are questions like "How does this car effect the aura of the driver?" and "Is there any possibility that this car could create a hostile work environment for a LGBT or minority?"

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806953)

This will probably help to prevent it from being used for cars for a while (heavy lobbying to think of the children's safety I would suspect).

Anything with a radio will go the same way (FCC). I expect there to be a field day of regulatory capture in general if complex 3D printing becomes possible.

Re:How would you register a downloaded car? (0)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807119)

I'm all for downloading one, but where can I get a VIN to make it street legal?

Getting a VIN is simple, just fill it with DIESEL.

(just be careful not to make your FAST car too FURIOUS).

*Gazing into crystal ball* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806763)

It will all be willies and vajay-jays.

Re:*Gazing into crystal ball* (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806789)

Those aren't illegal... Did I miss something?

Re:*Gazing into crystal ball* (4, Interesting)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807193)

Actually, in some US states, they are illegal to sell or to posess in quantity. Texas and Alabama at least, and I believe quite a few more, have made the sale of sex toys a criminal offence. I'm not going to google the details from work, look it up yourself. That's one reason you'll often see them sold as 'novelty' items: The manufacuters maintain some facade of them not really being what they are, knowing that most of the time the police have more important laws to enforce. Every now and again some local politician orders a crackdown to win the Family Values voters over.

Re:*Gazing into crystal ball* (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807471)

Much like the laws against tattooing in some states, they aren't enforced.

Re:*Gazing into crystal ball* (4, Insightful)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807793)

They're selectively enforced. Believe me, if they need a reason to bust your ass and can't come up with anything else, they'll be perfectly happy to break out that shit if they need to.

illegal items, eh? (2)

negrace (984807) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806765)

How about a statue of a man resembling Steve Jobs?

Re:illegal items, eh? (1)

firex726 (1188453) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807253)

Really is scary.
Illegal shapes.

3D printers == sex toys industry (5, Funny)

tekrat (242117) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806775)

What's the first thing with any new tech? Porn! So, 3D printers will be used to make sex toys.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (3, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807047)

So what next, DRM on a vibrator? Oh boy I bet that could get frustratingly interesting.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807067)

I don't remember to see any dildo in Thingiverse

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (5, Funny)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807195)

cheap 3d scanners would make this the next, frightening, landscape in "sexting".

Not content to send each other pictures of their genitals, teens will soon be sending each other schematics for them.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807311)

Awesome, a custom dildo of your boyfriend's penis. Date a bunch of guys, and you have a collection to hide in the closet for when you miss them. Celebrity penises showing up on eBay years after the fact. This is disturbing on so many levels.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (2)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807455)

Google 'the plaster caster'.

There is nothing new under the sun.

IIRC she was considering selling replicas of her 'rock star' collection.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807691)

Forget the sex toys...I want to download Iveta B.

Re:3D printers == sex toys industry (1)

RoboRay (735839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807805)

Can you print that a little bigger?

Careful, now... (2)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806783)

In some states, certain shapes may only be downloaded as an "adult novelty item".

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806799)

When can I download Jenna Haze?

Re:So... (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806955)

Forget that. I want to download Summer Glau.

Re:So... (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807057)

When can I download Jenna Haze?

So you point your 3-d printer's camera at the QR code on the Jenna centerfold, little do you know I stuck a sticker over the real code, and your 3-d printer squirts out (ewww) Mr Goatse...

Fissible? (3, Funny)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806809)

I wanna download an A-bomb!

Re:Fissible? (4, Funny)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807115)

I wanna download an A-bomb!

Won't do you any good unless you can find a plutonium ink cartridge.

Re:Fissible? (5, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807175)

Still cheaper than HP's price on cyan.

Re:Fissible? (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807219)

+1 to you, fine sir!

Re:Fissible? (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807717)

Big, Big laugh.

Thank you!

Re:Fissible? (1)

mindcandy (1252124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807369)

Actually those are done pretty similarly, but in reverse. Blocks of PBX are CNC machined to achieve the precise geometry required for an implosion.

Not Turtles (3, Funny)

Lectoid (891115) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806833)

It's dildos all the way down.

LPs (5, Insightful)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806857)

I look forward to being able to download a 3D model of an LP, that I can play on my turntable. Take that, RIAA!

Re:LPs (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807009)

This guy is doing it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElAJJnSvQtk&feature=youtu.be

The future comes, are we ready (4, Interesting)

PerlJedi (2406408) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806863)

This calls to mind Corey Doctorow's short story "Printcrime [xtranormal.com] ".

Re:The future comes, are we ready (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807041)

Which is an amazing story, and should take anyone who hasn't yet read it literally five minutes to check out.

Re:The future comes, are we ready (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807077)

This calls to mind Cory Doctorow's book - 'Makers'

Re:The future comes, are we ready (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807117)

Holy shit, who can listen to that?! It twists my brain into a knot just trying to figure out what words they are saying. Modern speech synthesizers are readily available, use one!

Re:The future comes, are we ready (5, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807217)

What is this, Slashdot for the illiterates? How about a link to the story [craphound.com] , instead of some weird robot thing reading it for you? Still, at least we now have evidence that illiteracy actually is a job requirement for working at Slashdot...

Re:The future comes, are we ready (2)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807563)

That's an awesome story.

Malware? (5, Funny)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806867)

Download what is supposed to be a car, end up with a literal bag of dicks...this is gonna bring trolling to a whole new level!

Re:Malware? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38806959)

Dickroll. I'm just gonna throw that out there.

Or, along this vein, What about a bust of (3, Funny)

bdwoolman (561635) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807023)

Rick Astley?

Re:Malware? (1)

Flipstylee (1932884) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807349)

I've not laughed til i cried in awhile, the bag of dicks would be the bee's knees, THINK OF THE IMPLICATIONS!

Re:Malware? (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807743)

That's nothing compared to a life size, 3D version of...

Goats.ex

My wife is still tramautized by the first time she saw *that*.

myke

Re:Malware? (1)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807795)

even better, it would be more subtle. you'd download what you think is a car. It would print as a car. But the gear shift was a phallus. or there was something else you wouldn't notice until it was built, like a 1 or 2-build layer thick embossing on the dashboard. Either way, you wouldn't notice until you built the whole thing, and maybe not even then if it was clever enough.

About time (1)

scribblej (195445) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806919)

Thingiverse has already suffered several takedowns of allegedlycopyrighted materials.

Also, they recently overhauled their site, and somhow made it EVEN WORSE, when it was already pretty intolerable.

cue the forbidden stuff (1)

hey (83763) | more than 2 years ago | (#38806977)

- Lock picks
- That crowbar-like tool for breaking into cars
- bombs
- guns
- drug pipes
- micky mouse ears
etc

Re:cue the forbidden stuff (2)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807167)

- That crowbar-like tool for breaking into cars

This is commonly called a Slim Jim, and owning one is not illegal. (At least not where I live.)
When I was young I worked for an auto detailer, and one of the suppliers I dealt with had entire kits in his truck. I found my hand made stuff was better.

Re:cue the forbidden stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807731)

In Baltimore they sell those at Advance Auto Parts for five bucks, in between the oil filter wrenches and the brake line flare tool. No joke; the same store brand and everything, complete with written directions on the back.

Re:cue the forbidden stuff (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807281)

With the materials of 3d printers, guns would explode on the first shot. Bombs would be really pointless, as any container will do - the explosives and the electronics are the skilled part. You can count the rest though, and I'd add warhammer figures and other counterfeit merchandise, replacement car components and imitation brand-name jewelry (Just add gold paint!) as potential illicit uses.

Re:cue the forbidden stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807301)

Full auto kits for assault rifles.
Drug manufacturing equipment.
Anything that has an export ban to certain countries.

Re:cue the forbidden stuff (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807363)

Well, you'd have a point if the fag-hobby of 3D printing was anything other than a machine that squirts resin in tiny drops to make useless trinkets.

And slimjims can be bought at the auto store.

offensive (4, Insightful)

JigJag (2046772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807029)

The mere idea that there is such a thing as an illegal shape is offensive.

JigJag

Interesting implications for porn (1)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807081)

You know you could download life size porn dolls or something. Maybe send a picture out of someone and it would send you a physible to make a look alike!!

Nice non-story, Slashdot (0)

SigmundFloyd (994648) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807109)

How is this different from what they're already doing?

It's just another file format. WHOA, BIG DEAL!

Idiocy.

Re:Nice non-story, Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807605)

1995:
"What's the big deal about MP3s? It's just another file format. It's not really music and it's not like CD rippers are everywhere."
2001:
"What's the big deal about Xvid? It's just another file format. The movie is too crappy to watch and it's not like DVD rippers are everywhere"

For those of you who do not learn from history, I believe the next entry will be "What's the big deal about brain scan memory dump files. It's not like T-wave scanners are $12 a piece."

Not made in China! (5, Funny)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807181)

Wow, I can finally own stuff not made in China!

Re:Not made in China! (2)

caseih (160668) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807429)

And at only 10-100 times the cost!

Print your own stuff. (4, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807205)

I was discussing this with my brother about a year back. We were in the store looking at this warhammer stuff, and I remarked that these dye-cast figures aren't any more complicated (probably less so) than hotwheels. Yet peopel are paying $5 a piece for them, or getting special sets of "rare" pieces for over $50. I was saying that eventually people would just be printing their own models on 3D printers. I guess the future is here. And good for it. I always thought some of these games were a little odd. Things like Magic Cards. Who-ever spends the most on their deck has a huge advantage over everyone else. Sure there's skill involved at some level, in knowing which cards to put in the deck in the first place, but a lot of it is spending money obtaining that deck. I would be like playing chess, where one player had all queens because he had spent a bunch of money.

Movie rental (1)

backslashdot (95548) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807239)

Why doesn't someone offer a legal online movie rental service that's ultra cheap ... way cheaper than iTunes or even netflix.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-sale_doctrine [wikipedia.org]

"The first-sale doctrine is a limitation on copyright that was recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1908 (see Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus) and subsequently codified in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 109. The doctrine allows the purchaser to transfer (i.e., sell, lend or give away) a particular lawfully made copy of the copyrighted work without permission once it has been obtained. This means that the copyright holder's rights to control the change of ownership of a particular copy ends once ownership of that copy has passed to someone else, as long as the copy itself is not an infringing copy. This doctrine is also referred to as the "right of first sale," "first sale rule," or "exhaustion rule.""

This should means that a store can buy a movie and rent it out online for as little as 25 cents .. as long as it does not retain a copy. How is that feasible as a business model? Simple .. do it the similar to how DVD rental kiosks work. Temporarily authorize the credit card for the full price of the movie --say ..19.95 .. then when the rental period is over .. "buy back" the full movie for $19.70 .. This would make it possible to legally rent out movies for dirt cheap. In theory movie companies shouldn't get overly pissed off at the concept either because they can always either increase the price of the first sale and they can expect more movie watching and growth for the industry.

Lol, you suck at business (4, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807523)

First off, what is your credit card processing fee? There is a reason Apple isn't laughing all of the way to the bank with iTunes but the credit companies ARE laughing their ass off. It all depends on your size and your risks (chargebacks) but gosh darn, you might be suprised that your 25 cent fee ends up mostly at the credit card company. That is nobody does a charge back and you have to pay anywhere up from ten bucks for it. With your 25 cents, 1 chargeback costs you 40 paying customers, well it would IF you could use all their quarters to pay for the 1 chargeback, which you can't because other things will have to payed from it as I already stated.

Further more, you say the movie costs 20 bucks, even if rentals worked like that, which they don't, you need 80 paying customers (IF you could keep the entire quarter) just to break even. Meanwhile, your entire legal case rests on the fact that there is only ONE copy around for each possesion, so if 80 customers want the same movie at the same time, you need 80 x 20 bucks to satisfy demand. Now you need a total of 640 paying customers... IF you could keep the entire quarter which once again, you cannot.

I keep hammering on this because a lot of noobs to business think that money is free. You sell something and everything the customer pays, ends up in your pocket. Transaction costs HURT many a small business and is the reason you can't buy a nickle item with a credit card.

The most annoying thing is that this doesn't have to be the case, in the EU payments systems are far far cheaper per transaction, on the order of cents rather then quarters and are even free. Whenever I have to implement a CC solution because people in the EU thinks it will mean the world I find it very amusing to show them the fee structures. It is like telling a baby how their candy will be taken.

Oh, and those transaction costs, you have them DOUBLE. Two transactions... all to be payed out of 1 quarter dollar along with all your other costs.

You should put this in a business case and present it at your bank. They need a good laugh.

Re:Movie rental (1)

WillerZ (814133) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807683)

Because http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_card#Costs_to_merchants [wikipedia.org] means the merchant owes the card company at least $0.40 (1% of two $20 transactions) and more likely $1.20. Add postage, packing and the cost of paying employees to unpack and refile the discs and record which customer has returned them and you're probably looking at $5 per cycle before you break even.

Frankly I'm amazed netflix et al are profitable at the prices they charge.

This is fantastic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807317)

Hopefully it makes a giant leap for the homemade printing industry.

It is much, MUCH more efficient than sending off huge bunches of objects in cardboard boxes with plastic / foil wrappers with paper descriptions and whatever other materials that are quite literally waste.
It'd be much better to distribute resources that could be assembled in as many places as possible than have it produced at few areas and sent out in huge trucks.
So much space in trucks is wasted on wrappers and air, which is just stupid.

One day, thanks to the research by those few teams we have heard about on here recently, we'll even be able to print our food. It might be very basic, but it can be made incredibly healthy and intelligently designed with higher than normal nutrient counts than raw food.
Meals... they might take a while longer since they are pretty complex. I think of it more of a way of printing new and unique base ingredients to be used for producing meals. Let's wait for replicators to produce meals.

Exciting times.

Brb, printing a car. Expect to be finished in a few years.

3D Printer (3, Funny)

Karlb (87776) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807389)

I don't own a 3D printer, so I think the first item i'd download is one of them!

Beyond plastics (1)

mindcandy (1252124) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807395)

When this technology matures to include ceramics and sintered metals that can be fired to produce an object OTHER than red plastic, I can imagine a lot more sinister uses .. guns for example.

Re:Beyond plastics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38807801)

Stuff like... stainless steel? Glass? Ceramics? It can be done: http://www.shapeways.com/materials/

Star Trek replicators (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807501)

As a kid, I remember thinking how difficult it would be to invent a replicator due to the science involved.

As an adult, I realize how difficult it would be to invent a replicator due to the IP law involved.

You think SOPA/PIPA are bad, just wait until the likes of Nike, McDonalds, and deBeers get involved...

Tea. (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807527)

Earl Grey. Hot.

Replicators! (1)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807595)

I'm excited to be that much closer to Star Trek-type replicators, even if we're still just a half-step into a long journey. Synthehol and hot Earl Grey tea, here I come!

Inevitable, but more illegal stuff on the way? (2)

chroma (33185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807651)

Copyright and trademark infringement are common and this sort of thing has been a source of controversy for a while now.

But the next big blowup will be over things that are illegal in themselves just by their shape and arrangement of parts. I'm talking about things like weapons, drug paraphernalia, and pathogens. It's likely we'll see a crackdown or at least a panic resulting in calls for licensure of many of the most useful creation tools ever designed.

Take the humble AK-47 rifle, for example. It's designed for ease of manufacture, making it a likely target for replication. This makes enforcing highly restrictive gun laws very difficult in a world full of machines that can build them from simple raw materials.

Cheap, low material cost, and high resolution? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 2 years ago | (#38807815)

Do any of these low-cost 3D printers improve substantially on the 1.3mm resolution and 25/kg material costs that I've seen? If not the toy industry has nothing to worry about (yet).

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