Michael Weinberg: 3Dx2013 Year In Review #AdafruitTopTen #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D
We reached out to a handful of 3D printing pioneers and designers featured on the Adafruit blog this past year for their thoughts on the year-in-review — and what we have to look forward to for 3D printing in 2014!
Michael Weinberg is a Vice President at Public Knowledge, a digital advocacy group in Washington, DC. He is the author of “It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology” and “What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?,” whitepapers that examine the intersection of 3D printing and intellectual property law. Although he is involved in a wide range of issues at Public Knowledge, he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC, and emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware.
Finally, I love this light switch lock by Yllonnoce on Thingiverse. After a day of troubleshooting a “broken” dishwasher, we discovered that a mostly-hidden power switch had been accidentally turned off (I have no idea why a dishwasher needs a light switch). This lock will prevent this from ever happening again.
Q: What are you most looking forward to for 3D Printing in 2014?
More materials coming out of more types of 3D printers. As 3D printing becomes more popular, it is drawing in people with all sorts of skills. It is fantastic to watch the “traditional” desktop printers become even more refined, but I am always impressed when someone rethinks the printer operation itself and/or finds a way to make a new material 3D printable.
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