How to Copy Protect Your STL Files

The Makers Muse Youtube channel has recently released a video with some excellent practical advice on how to place copy-protection measures on your .stl files. This is particularly important advice for those who sell their models on online 3D modelling communities. Have a look:

 

i.materialise Article – 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing 3D Models for 3D Printing

i.materialise published an article in their blog not too long ago which I feel is too valuable a lesson for CAD modellers who are serious about 3D printing.

But, just like I normally do here, I don’t normally post these things without adding my own additional advice:

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TCT Magazine Article – How To Build a 3D Printing Bureau

Recently TCT Magazine spoke to their readership to ask them what it takes to build a successful 3D printing service bureau for any focus or industry (including jewellery). The results make for an excellent read, with some invaluable advice.

Advice from Nick Allen at 3D Print UK

Advice from Nick Allen at 3D Print UK

TCT Magazine – How to Build a 3D Printing Bureau

 

As for my thoughts on the article: I wholeheartedly agree with their thoughts on trust and reliability being the most vital issues. But I would add something else that was not mentioned into this article– the classic concept of underpromising and overdelivering. If you’re going to run any manufacturing equipment day in and day out, you must be prepared for the machines to break down or for a job to produce a surprising result. Therefore, it has always seemed to me any company offering to turn around pieces too quickly either has an enormous capacity they’re not fully using, or they’re running a dangerous game, or both.

Prosthetic Limbs 3D Printed For a Dog

As a little bit of Christmas compassion just in time for the holidays, I present a story currently making the rounds about Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped forepaws. On account of his deformity, he could not move about on anything other than smooth surfaces without injuring his lower body.

Thanks to 3D printing, 3D Systems‘ own Geomagic Sculpt software, and a little ingenuity from his owner, Derby now has two artificial forepaws which allow him to stand up and run for the first time in his life.

The full article can be found over at io9.com.

io9 article – 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into a Cyborg

Hmmm… veterinary prosthetics. Now that’s an unusual specialty.