Print With Nutella

For those of you that love all things eatable, the food service industries are jumping on board the 3D printing bandwagon in full force! The latest item I have encountered on the net is a device attachment for 3D printers that will print soft materials like…NUTELLA (he said excitedly!)…yum, yum! Waterloo, a Canadian company has had their project funded on Kickstarter. Their funding goal was $30,000 and the final tally on funds raised was a stunning $126,086. I can taste the Nutella Pokemon, already!!  Watch the video here.

For those of you out there that enjoy Autodesk123D Catch and have an Android system, you can now enjoy it right on your phone or tablet. Autodesk123D recently released Catch for Android which allows you the same functionality as the web-based version. If you are not familiar with this software, you are in for a treat! The down and dirty of the software is that you can take various photos of a subject and create a 3D model which can be exported and printed on your 3D Printer. You can read about this new app here.

Are you contemplating replicating characters that may be copyrighted? Well, if you are planning to sell your design or if you upload your design to a website that sells your design, you may be facing legal action (chances are that the companies owning the copyrighted material will make you or the website pull it down and as long as they/you comply there will generally be no problems). Companies like Shapeways, which allow users to sell their designs as well as post them for free, have come under attack for selling designs of such copyrighted characters such as Pokemon. What is interesting is that these designs were uploaded under the Creative Commons license which allow free downloads, hence the designer was not being paid. However, Shapeways and even Autodesk123D Design will offer to 3D print your free design for a fee. Hence, the website is now making money from your work and it’s generally an infringement on copyrights if the design idea is from a copyrighted character or article. I would even question if it’s not a copyright infringement on the design itself if the design is released under the Creative Commons license, No Commercial use. What do you think? Can or should the websites be able to charge for printing a design under this license and are they doing so? You can read more of this case here and this article explains a bit more here.

Until next week, Happy printing.


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