Demystifying copyright licensing and 3D printing

It's more complicated than it seems: the functional elements of a 3D print can't be copyrighted, but they may be blended with decorative elements that can be; what's more, if we err on the side of caution by "open licensing" stuff that isn't even copyrighted, the effort to open up copyright ends up normalizing the application of copyright to new subjects. Read the rest

3DPL: a remix license for 3D printed things

Joris Peels writes, "We've developed a license for sharing 3D printed things. We think it's important to have a good license that lets people remix, share and create in a 3D printed world. We'd like to ask the maker and 3D printing community to help us by giving us feedback on what about the 3DPL should be changed so we have a broadly accepted license for 3D printing." Read the rest

3D printing in zero gee mission-patch

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3D printed blooming Fibonacci zoetropes

Stanford design prof John Edmark, as part of his artistic residency at Autodesk, created these 3D printed "blooming" Fibonacci-sequence zoetropes, which seem to grow, writhe, and pulse as they're spun before a camera shooting every 1/4000 of a second. Read the rest

WATCH: Strobe-lit 3D printed fibonacci zoetrope sculptures


Designer John Edmark created printed sculptures that emulate the Fibonacci sequences in pine cones and sunflowers, then filmed them using a strobe that flashed on the golden angle, 137.5 degrees. Read the rest

WATCH: Kid gets new 3D-printed prosthetic StormTrooper arm


7-year-old Liam Porter got his prosthetic StormTrooper arm thanks to e-NABLE, an online community of 3-D printer enthusiasts who make prosthetics for those in need.

New prosthetic "trooper" arm built with 3-D printer surprises Augusta boy (Augusta Chronicle)

If you'd like to get involved or see other wonderful stories, visit

E-Nabling the Future website

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3D printed prosthetic leg

William Root's "Exo-Prosthetic" is a 3D printed artificial leg made from laser-sintered titanium, which uses a 3D scan of the wearer's truncated limb for fit, and a 3D scan of the intact limb for form. Read the rest

Derby the dog runs with the help of 3D printing

Friends, I have endeavored to develop a carapace to protect me against Inspiring Dog Videos of any kind on the internet. You can tell me I won't believe what happens next and I will -- oh, you cried at 1:43 or whatever, but not I.

Yet I can't resist this cute story of Derby the Dog, born disabled, who was given custom 3D printed prosthetics that allow him to run for the very first time. Maybe because all of the very serious science and design stuff that is going on in the video. Yeah. I'm here for the serious science and design stuff. Read the rest

Anatomical cookie-cutters

Boetech makes custom, 3D printed cookie cutters: brains, hearts, and skulls (plus plenty of non-antomical designs, of course). Read the rest

3D printed dress made from 2,279 triangles and 3,316 hinges

Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes, "I made this 3D printed dress and the MoMA just acquired it. This video, filmed at Shapeways factory showing the printing and depowdering of the dress (there's also this one, documenting the dress's sounds and movements). Read the rest

Free shipping for 3D printed Makie dolls

Makies, the award-winning 3D printed custom dolls featured in our gift guide, have just announced free shipping on UK orders, and on overseas orders of more than $115! Get your order in by Dec 15 for Xmas delivery in the UK. Dec 10 for the rest of the world. Read the rest

3D printed T-Rex shower head

JM Schwartz's 3D printable T-Rex shower head is just about the best thing I've seen all week. It's a mashup of a T-Rex skull produced by Makerbot Academy and Schwartz's own shower-head design. Read the rest

HOWTO make a low-poly Kim Jong Un Hallowe'en head

Tim writes, "I made a giant wearable low-polygon Kim Jong Un head for Halloween, and you should too!" Read the rest

3D printed Adventure Time cookie-cutter

Make your own delicious, edible BMO biscuits with this $9 starch-based 3D printed cookie cutter from Star Cookies, who also does Dragonball, Ghostbusters and more. (via Geekymerch) Read the rest

Abhominal Posthumans: sharp-angled polygons and bulging flesh

Jason Hopkins' series of illustrations that overlay forms that recall the shapes of polygonal 3D prints with bulging, grotesque human flesh.

abhominal | posthumans

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Jacket inspired by 3D printer files

Betabrand's Think Tank project solicited clothing designs from tech notables, putting them up for the community to vote on in a charity drive; I'm very fond of the STL Jacket by Makerbot's Bre Pettis, "inspired by the tessellated patterns of 3D mapped images and the name is an ode to the .STL file format." Read the rest

Neuroscientist groom give neuroscientist bride a 3D print of his brain

Michael sez, "We're both neuroscientists studying human memory with fMRI at the University of Texas at Austin -- I wanted to surprise her with a gift that best symbolized me giving her all that I am. Read the rest

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