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(CNN)   Apparently repackaging someone else's free open hardware project under your own brand is worth $400 million USD. Isn't capitalism great?   (money.cnn.com) divider line 6
    More: Interesting, MakerBot, Stratasys, USD, own brand  
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2013-06-23 09:02:42 PM  
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As a player in the 3D printing & scanning world (my lab has 3, and I'm speaking at a national conference on the subject this summer, so shut up), I can say that I'm very troubled by Stratasys' moves recently. They are buying up all the cool technology, locking up all the resins and materials in proprietary formulations and software, and then shoving it up the ass of the end-users who have no choice but to buy from a sole source. Stratasys used to just make cool gear, but now they're becoming the evil Micro$oft of the 3D printing world. Does a 1kg bottle of UV sensitive resin really need to cost US$150? This shiat is ludicrous.
2013-06-23 05:47:38 PM  
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redsquid: 3D printers will never fill a need in the average American household, in spite of all the Star Trek replicator hype from the boosters.


That's really not what they're for. Unlike VR, additive manufacturing has serious industrial applications. Everybody from medical firms to NASA is doing it, and they're seeing serious benefits. The barrier to entry for some forms of additive manufacturing are surprisingly low, making it ideal for rapid prototyping and making components for your eventual production scale-up, as well as making bespoke parts affordable.

The American household has no use for these, any more than the average American household needs a lathe or a router.

ongbok: All I want to know is in 10 years are we going to be farking 3D printed pussy?


Yeah, that's totally doable, but there are probably better ways to produce bespoke sex toys. Reconfigurable molds are probably a better choice.

redsquid: The powers that be will not allow that to happen. There is too much money riding on the status quo.


I think you underestimate the interest that the powers-that-be have in reducing costs and increasing production. They won't mind that you're 3D printing stuff at the local shop- when you've licensed the model for $19.95. And don't worry, that local shop won't print unlicensed files.
2013-06-23 03:30:06 PM  
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rubi_con_man: You know what the joke is, right ?

Open Source is out there to shift the 'cost' from the cost of software to the cost of labor.

i.e. this is a cool idea, but I can't get anyone to pay me to build it.

... so I'll build the core, and then 'open source' it,

Eventually, someone will need it actually implemented, and they'll pay me - the expert in the open source project - to implement its full form for them.


The real joke is that by making it an 'open source' project they were able to develop several iterations of their product with next to no R&D budget thanks to the eager community of enthusiastic users. Most of the innovations and improvements to the device came from the input of that community. Last year they announced that the new version would not be open source- thanks for all your help and support, now fark off. This buy out is no surprise.
Here's the real punchline- 3D printing is the virtual reality of the 20teens. Remember back in the 90's when VR was going to be the next big breakout technology? Where is it now? Sure we have the Occulus Rift but it will never be a common household item. 3D printers will never fill a need in the average American household, in spite of all the Star Trek replicator hype from the boosters. Paper printers caught on because people had things they needed to print on a regular basis- letters, documents, coupons, photos, school work, etc. Are there similar 3D items we need on a regular basis? After you print a few toys and curiosities,that Makerbot will end up in a closet collecting dust right next to your Nintendo Virtual Boy, your beer making kit and your tomogachi and Bre Pettis will be laughing all the way to the bank.
2013-06-23 03:00:06 PM  
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You know what the joke is, right ?

Open Source is out there to shift the 'cost' from the cost of software to the cost of labor.

i.e. this is a cool idea, but I can't get anyone to pay me to build it.

... so I'll build the core, and then 'open source' it,

Eventually, someone will need it actually implemented, and they'll pay me - the expert in the open source project - to implement its full form for them.
2013-06-23 02:42:20 PM  
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jjorsett: Someone else's? Wasn't it Makerbot who open sourced it in the first place? If they choose to make subsequent models proprietary, that's their business.


No... Bre Pettis got himself a rep rap, went "oh snap, this is awesome" and started markbot to sell kits, basically.
2013-06-23 02:37:03 PM  
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Thats a very large number for a less than spectacular product.  Sonofabiatch.  Guess they wanted the name more than anything.

/I bet Quantum Apostrophe is going to be pissed one way or another.
 
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