By JG Vibes
March 13, 2013
What if you had the ability to print out any sort of object that you could think of using a 3D printer, but for the same cost and effort that it takes to rip a song off of the internet?
This is a dream that has been talked about since long before the Star Trek replicator, but these discussions have gotten even more intense in the past few years, now that the technological capabilities are actually here.
Now it is even closer to becoming a reality, because Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed recently announced the launch of a new company that will work like The Pirate Bay, but for 3D printable designs and templates for workable objects. This is the same person who is responsible for the 3D printed guns that have created so much controversy over the past year.
“The company that developed 3D printed gun parts has announced plans to launch a new firm, dedicated to copyright-free blueprints for a range of 3D printable objects. Defcad, as the firm will be known, has already been dubbed the Pirate Bay of 3D printing. The site will become a “search engine for 3D printing,” according to its founders. But its flouting of copyright is likely to face legal challenges.”
Luckily Cody Wilson is studying law, and is up for the challenge.
Laws were changed and political parties founded over Napster, Bittorrent, and The Pirate Bay…over music and movies. But with 3D printed firearms, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, drones, and medical devices, the stakes will suddenly get much higher. Because 3DP is not about reviving manufacturing jobs or competing with assembly lines on cost. It is not about disrupting manufacturing. It is about disrupting copyright, IP, and regulation. It is about printing items whose prices have been set to infinity. It is about disrupting man-made forms of artificial scarcity. It is about DEFCAD.
Politicians always want new regulations, patent lawyers always want to sue, and presidents want to feel important. But the mechanisms by which they impose their will are centralized structures dating from a centralized century. Once it’s not a few dozen manufacturers under the thumb of the state but tens of millions of decentralized acts of civil disobedience — a patient printing artificially expensive pharmaceuticals, a South Asian woman printing to defend herself — there won’t be enough jail cells in the land to hold all the thoughtcriminals.
The following video is truly inspiring:
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for dev-test.intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com
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