[EMS Discuss] Stratasys buys Makerbot

Wed Jun 19 16:08:10 PDT 2013

Both scary questions.  I really don't like the idea of a 3d printer having
a mechanism to detect the shape of an object and reject it under copyright,
safety, or other grounds.

I have a feeling the thingiverse issue won't come to fruition.  I feel like
the whole community embraces the openness of it all and that really allows
the community to feed on itself and constantly improve.  If the licensing
gets all restrictive I think they will see backlash and it will just open
up room for a new website to take over.  However, if printers really do end
up being in every home, many people will probably have no idea about
licensing and just use whatever website they are pointed too first.

On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM, Benjamin Hallert <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> Scraping Thingiverse might not be a bad idea.  Any bets on whether they
> branch the content into a new  restrictive license that's closed off then
> shut down hosting of the current files?
> - Ben
> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM, James Hukill <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>> IMHO.  I think counterfeit prevention chips will be mandated for all
>> commercially produced 3D printers.  Just like they are in the high end
>> photo copiers.
>> Who gets to define what is counterfeit is the scary part.
>> On Jun 19, 2013 2:57 PM, "Rick Osgood" <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>> It sounds like at least for now Makerbot will continue operating as its
>>> own entity.  Supposedly Makerbot will continue to target the consumer
>>> market while Stratasys stays in its current market.  I'm curious what will
>>> happen over time though.
>>> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM, Hovis Biddle <EMAIL HIDDEN>wrote:
>>>> I don't know a lot about the IP situation in printing, but this kind of
>>>> consolidation gives me fears about Stratasys moving to a patent-trolling
>>>> and monopolizing strategy...
>>>> Three cheers for democratizing manufacturing, I think I'll start
>>>> archiving all public designs.
>>>> On Jun 19, 2013 2:09 PM, "Rick Osgood" <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:
>>>>>  This is an interesting development.  I wonder how this will effect
>>>>> on the consumer market in the long term.
>>>>> http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/19/stratasys-acquiring-makerbot-combined-company-will-likely-dominate-3d-printing-industry/
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