I don’t mind offering some of my artistic designs for free to give a little something to the public .. and to promote my work. But there is a limit to how far I can go to do this and keep myself sustained in a career. I think digital rights are extremely important with the advent of 3D printing, more so than ever.
*Fortunately*, multiple ideas and technologies have been and are being discussed about how to facilitate an artists ability to protect their digital work from being reproduced without permission. One such technology is under development to encrypt 3d digital files in such a way that a 3d printer cannot print the file without a security code.
*Unfortunately*, the manufacturer’s of 3d printers (ie. Makerbot), 3D printing services (ie. Shapeways) and the communities that they have created (ie. Thingiverse created by Makerbot) who demand free designs continue to rail against these developments.
Guys – we love your 3d printers, and your 3D printing service. I love Makerbot. I love Shapeways. I love Thingiverse – We (I) put money in your pockets to buy your products – but –
HUGE conflict of interest people …
I get it – you want your customers to have some free designs to print on their machines, but don’t go overboard. Please stop steam rolling over technology that could help artists make a living. I’m tired of reading your blog entries about intellectual property. They are rarely if ever on the side of the intellectual property owner.
If we continue down this road, the best 3d artists and designers will have to spend less time arting and designing, because they will have to spend it elsewhere earning money to live.
Net result: A whole bunch of boxy designs because no one has time to do great design
– you’ll sit on a 2012 box
-you’ll eat off a 2012 box
-you’ll sleep on a box from 2012
-you’ll hang a pretty box from 2012 on your wall
-your teachers will teach you how to make boxes like the ones they made in 2012
-No one can afford the time to design outside the box of 2012.