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Patent a DRM to apply to 3D printing

Patent a DRM to apply to 3D printing

3D printing is increasingly popular, both as an exponent of free culture as a key technology to revolutionize the industrial world manufacturing systems simplifying and reducing costs. Download a CAD model of a spare and print it on our own is a paradigm shift that some manufacturers still or even NASA is evaluating for astronauts can manufacture parts in the International Space Station. However, this new industrial revolution where everything is more accessible and user can wean large corporations began to dislike in some sectors and, with the idea of surrounding the movement, has patented a DRM system for application.

It’s amazing how fast you try to “put fences to the field” but, for now, all he has done is to patent the concept of a DRM applicable to 3D printing , ie when using a CAD to print a piece or a housing or reproduction of a work of art ( the Smithsonian was digitizing their works ) the printer electronically must obtain a permit prior to fabrication. Put another way, the schemes and plans used by printers carry a sort of digital signature that will force the printer to get a key that allows the use of these CAD files and, if not available, printing is impossible.

In my opinion this is another case of patents directed to enclose an activity that is becoming increasingly popular (and accessible), for example, already has its own section in The Pirate Bay, and that is changing the mindset of some manufacturers (who prefer to share their designs before submitting to anything competitive prices, spare parts to their customers), a cultural and paradigm shift that should not stop by copyrights, patents and DRM.

Given the interest in 3D printing in all areas, I fear that in the end these inspections are completed by imposing (coupled with regulation) with the idea of protecting the business of spare parts and spare parts, with this new wave, see jeopardize its historic hegemony (think of the prices of some car parts). And what will be the trend if applied this technology? If the designs carry a and therefore need a license to use them, it is more likely that we have to pay to use the CAD (although we have to build it ourselves).

I hope that the research center is developing 3D printing United States does not lead us down this road that seems designed to nip a technology that has the potential to start a new industrial revolution.

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