“This shows a 3d print of a mathematical sculpture I produced using shapeways.com. This model is available at http://shpws.me/3gur“
The MakerBot Replicator is the kind of personal 3D printer that could help with the Pirate Bay’s plans Image: MakerBot IndustriesThe Pirate Bay, one of the internet’s most well-known sites for downloading copyrighted material such as music, films and ebooks, has launched a new category of digital downloads: physical objects.Writing on the site’s blog, a Pirate Bayer calling himself WinstonQ2038 explained the thinking behind the new category: “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. Data objects that are able and feasible to become physical.”You’ll need a 3D printer to take advantage of the files on offer, meaning it is not quite as simple as downloading an MP3, but the move opens up the possibility of intellectual property infringement for physical objects.Other sites for sharing 3D printer files already exist. For example, Shapeways, where last year one user received a cease-and-desist order from movie studio Paramount after creating a 3D replica of a prop from the film Super 8, causing him to take the file down. The Pirate Bay works differently, offering Bittorrent links for users to download files rather than hosting them directly, making it more resilient to legal attempts to shut it down.Objects currently listed in the Physibles category include a 3D version of the Pirate Bay logo, a toy race car and a model robot. The latter two are potentially infringing versions of existing designs, but WinstonQ2038 claims the site has more egalitarian aims: “The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more shipping the broken products back. No more child labour. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people.”We’ll have to wait and see – 3D printed food is currently limited to the likes of chocolate – but if this takes off, we could expect the physical equivalent of the digital rights management DRM techniques used by media companies to protect MP3s and other media files. Bank notes are already printed with a special design that scanners won’t copy – perhaps all objects will have to be similarly marked in the future.
“Accused of being fake, witchcraft and simply impossible.. This kinetic sculpture is inspired by the unlimited freedom of 3d printing, it wobbles and turns with a slight movement of the hand. Now give it a good spin or puff of air and it erupts in erratic and wild behavior. This is the 5cm / 2″ version, see the Gyro the Forms section for other shapes and sizes. Corner stand available.separately.”
“This is a full scale motorcycle printed on a 3D printer from Inventor”
I don’t think you can download the plans to print your own motorcycle yet… but in time…