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Attention Makers: $20,000 Prize From Engadget

Applications are due . . . → Read More: Attention Makers: $20,000 Prize From Engadget

3D Printed Phone Cases? Why Not?

I can only think that we’ll start seeing a lot more of this sort of thing.  It doesn’t really cost the OEM anything extra to release the .stl files to the public, and it buys them a lot of goodwill with nerds like me who like to hack their own stuff.

Nokia has just released a “3D-printing Development Kit” with all the documentation you’ll need to create a custom backing for yourself. It’s available for download from the source links below, and contains “3D templates, case specs, recommended materials and . . . → Read More: 3D Printed Phone Cases? Why Not?

Bag ——-> Cat

So, these guys exist:

Defense Distributed is organized to produce and publish information related to the 3D printing of firearms. [...] the first order production goal remains the same: produce and publish a file for a completely printable gun

And then this happened:

the 3D-printing firm Makerbot has deleted a collection of blueprints for gun components from Thingiverse, its popular user-generated content website that hosts 3D-printable files.

And, in the wake of a soul-rending tragedy wrought by a man with a gun, someone who doesn’t understand how the internet works suggested the solution should be new laws:

U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington, N.Y.) plans to propose a ban on creating gun magazines with 3-D printers. The bill is still in the drafting stage, but Israel intends to make sure existing legislation includes consideration for this new kind of homemade firearm.

and the DefDist guys responded.

So, now this is happening:

We’re not sure how this site might fit into Defense Distributed’s efforts, but know that THIS place, if there will be no other, IS a home for fugitive information. No object file will be censored unless it is malicious software. When we say freedom of information, we mean it.

and with a manifesto like that, naturally, comes this.  And so the cat is officially out of the bag, forever.

Continue reading Bag ——-> Cat

Something New (at least, new to me)

Apparently they have been around for a while, but until about a month ago, I had never heard of a Delta robot.  For me, this video was kind of an Arthur C. Clarke 3rd law moment:

Although, strictly speaking, since I don’t  believe in magic I assumed this tech was created by aliens.  Boy did I feel silly when I realized this control system has been around for long enough that people are using it to stack mass-produced pre-cooked pancakes on . . . → Read More: Something New (at least, new to me)

PirateBay opens new section for 3D models

The Pirate Bay Wants You To Really Download A Car | TorrentFreak:

“We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles,” says The Pirate Bay as they announce a new 3D printing section of their site.

“Data objects are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years,” they add.

 

This is like the prequel to Cory Doctorow’s dystopian vision of the future:

The coppers smashed my father’s printer when I was eight. I remember the hot, cling-film-in-a-microwave smell of it, and Da’s look of ferocious concentration as he filled it with fresh goop, and the warm, fresh-baked feel of the objects that came out of it.

Maybe, just for once, the people who are actually making legitimate use of this technology (like the artists and makers at Shapeways) will heed the warning and get out in front of the inevitable and yet . . . → Read More: PirateBay opens new section for 3D models