I know the stories have been a bit light the last couple weeks. My wife and I have been roadtripping our 25th Anniversary around Canada, but now we’re almost back home. So, just a couple more days and I’ll be back in the swing of things here. For now, this morning, I did manage to find the time to post links to a few interesting stories this morning that you will enjoy reading.
Copyright issues are going to take center stage as more and more replicas of existing work goes online. Here’s a story about a guy that put up a model of a tank at Thingaverse. It didn’t take long for Games Workshop, the UK-based firm that makes Warhammer, to notice Valenty’s work and sent Thingiverse a takedown notice, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Design a 3D Printer Filament Machine, win $40,000
3D printing filament is really expensive, and there isn’t an easy way to make it yourself. People all over are trying to solve this problem, and now we have a challenge that can both reward the inventor and all of us that need cheaper filament.
“The first team/person to build an open source filament extruder for less than $250*(calculation details below) in components can take ABS or PLA resin pellets, mix them with colorant, and extrude enough 1.75mm diameter +/- .05mm filament that can be wrapped on a 1kg spool.”
Portabee is one of what seems to be a daily new desktop 3D printer to hit the market. This one is a bit different in that it is very small and portable, designed to fold down into a laptop bag! They are currently taking pre-orders for the unassembled kit for only $480 they also plan to offer an assembled, tested version in the future.