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How Big Business is Stymying Makers' High-Res, Colorful Innovations. If you're waiting for desktop additive-manufacturing technology to move closer to professional-level results, be prepared to wait for a very long time.

How Big Business is Stymying Makers' High-Res, Colorful Innovations

The past year was a breakout for desktop 3-D printing. MakerBot released two new models, Formlabs debuted the first prosumer 3-D printer to use high-accuracy stereolithography, and a slew of innovative, printed projects lifted awareness and desirability of additive manufacturing for the general public. But the year ended with a legal hiccup. Formlabs will be dealing with a patent infringement lawsuit brought against them by 3D Systems, one of the biggest players in the industry.

About Dizingof. Drones civils : ce que dit la loi en France. El futuro modelado a través de la impresión 3D. - As predicted, 3D Print scan/remix objects will... 3D Systems Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Formlabs and Kickstarter. Nov.21, 2012 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced Tuesday that it has brought suit in the Federal District Court of South Carolina, Rock Hill division, against Formlabs, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Kickstarter, Inc. of New York, New York. 3D Systems said it is seeking injunctive relief and damages for infringement of one of its patents relating to the stereolithography process.

3D Systems Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Formlabs and Kickstarter

(Image credit: Formlabs) 3D Systems' complaint asserts that the sale and use of the Form 1 3D printers sold by Formlabs and Kickstarter infringe a U.S. patent relating to stereolithography. Formlabs sold the Form 1 3D printers to backers of its Kickstarter campaign in September and October 2012. An Important Question on the Open Source Hardware Mark. An open letter to the open source hardware community from OSHWA, the Open Source Hardware Association, oshwa.org The current leadership of the Open Source Initiative (OSI, opensource.org) has brought to our attention that they feel the Open Source Hardware ‘gear’ logo infringes on their trademark.

An Important Question on the Open Source Hardware Mark

The open source hardware logo was chosen by the community and has become a de facto standard over the past year and a half. Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing's Legal Morass. Photo illustration: Andrew B.

Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing's Legal Morass

Myers Last winter, Thomas Valenty bought a MakerBot — an inexpensive 3-D printer that lets you quickly create plastic objects. His brother had some Imperial Guards from the tabletop game Warhammer, so Valenty decided to design a couple of his own Warhammer-style figurines: a two-legged war mecha and a tank. Open Source hardware - does it work? Open Source hardware is the next step in the development of “open” licenses;A review of the most important OS hardware licenses show them to be a combination of known techniques, like creative commons, and “covenant not to sue” for patents or design rights;Their validity and enforceability seem somewhat weaker than the software Open Source licenses, mainly because, paradoxically, there is a fundamental freedom to copy hardware (unlike software);it makes sense for Open Source hardware licenses to focus on patents and design rights.

Open Source hardware - does it work?

Open Source hardware is starting to be mentioned from time to time. Unlike Open Source software, which is now well established, it is still relatively unknown. One of the best-known examples of Open Source hardware is the Arduino board. Disruptions: The 3-D Printing Free-For-All. Open Source Initiative OSI - The BSD License:Licensing. The following is a BSD 2-Clause license template.

Open Source Initiative OSI - The BSD License:Licensing

To generate your own license, change the values of OWNER and YEAR from their original values as given here, and substitute your own. Note: see also the BSD-3-Clause license. This prelude is not part of the license. <OWNER> = Regents of the University of California <YEAR> = 1998. 3-D printing: the Napster of manufacturing. Editor's Note: Peter Hanna is an associate at the law firm Jenner & Block.

3-D printing: the Napster of manufacturing

This post is part of the Global Innovation Showcase created by the New America Foundation and the Global Public Square. It is adapted from a piece that appeared on Ars Technica on April 5, 2011. An International Standard for Open (Source) Hardware. The following guest post is by Jürgen Neumann, from the Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance.

An International Standard for Open (Source) Hardware

Jürgen will be joining us at OKCon 2011 as part of a panel on Open Hardware and Open Standards As the free open source paradigm is shifting towards open everything, there are still a few obstacles to completely shift it into the physical world. Most importantly, the sustainable sharing of the design through a resilient copy-left like license such as GPL or CC can not be transfered towards the devices as such, as those licenses are based on copyright, which can not be applied to things. The TAPR Open Hardware License. The TAPR Open Hardware License is TAPR's contribution to the community of Open Hardware developers.

The TAPR Open Hardware License

TAPR grants permission for anyone to use the OHL as the license for their hardware project, provided only that it is used in unaltered form. Download the TAPR Open Hardware License: About the OHL. It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up: 3D Printing... The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age. The Penrose Triangle is as elegant as it is impossible—much like M.C.

The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age

Escher’s drawings, it presents a two-dimensional illusion that the eye interprets as three-dimensional. The task of effectively creating this illusion in three dimensions, without resorting to hidden openings or gimmicky twists, seemed daunting until a Netherlands-based designer named Ulrich Schwanitz succeeded in printing the object recently. But Schwanitz, who posted a YouTube video of his design achievement in action, wouldn’t share his secret with the world. Instead, he made his “impossible triangle” available for purchase through Shapeways, a company that fabricates custom 3D designs, for $70. Within weeks of Schwanitz’s “discovery,” however, a 3D modeler (and former Shapeways intern) named Artur Tchoukanov watched the video and figured out how to recreate the shape.

3D printing's first copyright complaint goes away, but things are just getting started. More news on the first-ever DMCA threat for violating a copyright in a 3D object -- Ulrich Schwanitz has rescinded his complaint and will release his shape into the public domain today. Here's a summary for those of you who missed it: last week, Ulrich Schwanitz figured out how to print the "impossible" Penrose Triangle," a well-known optical illusion. He released a video of the shape and challenged others to see how it might have been done. 3D modeller Artur Tchoukanov promptly figured it out, designed a 3D shape that accomplished the same thing, and uploaded his shape's specifications to Thingiverse, a repository for 3D designs.

Then I came along and missed the fact that there was a challenge underway, and erroneously credited Artur Tchoukanov with creating the shape. Schwanitz sent me some emails asking for correction, but they arrived while I was away from the Internet at a conference, so it was a few hours until I updated. Press Release. Geneva, 7 July 2011. Four months after launching the alpha version, CERN1 has today issued version 1.1 of the Open Hardware Licence (OHL), a legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community. In the spirit of knowledge and technology dissemination, the CERN OHL was created to govern the use, copying, modification and distribution of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution of products.