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Open source search engine for 3d printing.
“DEFCAD stands against artificial scarcity, intellectual property, copyright, patentable objects, and regulation in all of its forms,” “If 3D printing is going to be developed as a technology, we need specific tools to help get around industry, [and] government.”
This whole thing has started some interesting conversation in the office about regulation vs progress, and where limits should be drawn, if any.
But seriously, while it's obvious a standardization for consumer-level 3D printing is necessary, if the goal is to "get around government" to create illegal products, then it's hard to get behind these guys. They're complaining about how the government didn't grant them a license to print assault weapons, so they decided to do this.
Nobody is going to stop anyone from printing illegal items, and fortunately, copyright laws will protect original designs. Also, 3D software is decades old and pretty f'in standard, so there's no worries on that front. I just don't see the point in them focusing on getting around national laws that apply to manufactured products. Making them at home is not a viable loophole to infringe.
I will have to look more into this whole thing in order to make a more educated assessment though. I think additive manufacturing (aka, 3D printing) is the future, and I've invested money accordingly, but from my understanding it's being used in several regulated, standardized areas already: healthcare/medicine and aerospace.
3D scanning is coming.
I feel like a hypocrite because I support open source for information and data, but I get apprehensive when thinking that anyone could have access to creating their own weapons.
The potential for innovation is huge and I'd love to see that happen; but at the same time I fear the nut jobs out there.
One would hope the awareness of 3D printing would reintroduce the ban on assault weapons and extend it to these idiots.