Monday, February 6, 2012
3D-Printed Pirate Bay Ship of the Day: Last month, the Pirate Bay added downloads of physical objects (or, at least, the files necessary to create them on a 3D printer).
Now the first “physibles” have started to appear in the real world.
Canadian Pirate Bay user Charles Randall downloaded a 3D model of the torrent site’s iconic pirate ship and had it printed by 3D printing service Shapeways.com.
“I was entertained by telling shapeways.com that I owned the copyright on the design though, something they force you to accept in order to have the model printed. But I guess, in a way, we all do,” Randall said.
The model cost around $100 for printing, materials, and shipping, but those who own their own 3D printers can produce one for less.
I hate the term physibles. There has to be a more elegant word for this whole 3D printing revolution. Things will not be the same from this moment on. We are closer than ever to teleportation and replicator technology. I like the design and lines of this cute pirate ship model.
The whole process fascinates me. I hope they get the technology down to a more consumer level soon - first at businesses set up to produce these physibles and then at home. The evolution is inevitable. Now the trick will be to see if this technology all stays obscure, becomes just a fad or really changes our civilization.
Posted by Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness at 8:45 PM