What’s the story with the Makerbot patent? by @doctorow

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What’s the story with the Makerbot patent? @ Boing Boing.

The 3D printing world is all a-seethe with the story that Makerbot supposedly filed a patent on a design from its Thingiverse community. As Cory Doctorow discovered, the reality is a little more complicated: if Makerbot has committed a sin, it is not the sin of which it stands accused.

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1 Comment

  1. I’m quite disappointed my favorite author Cory Doctorow isn’t voting with his wallet for Open Source Hardware just like I vote against DRM when I buy multiple copies of each of his books. Cory wrote: "I bought a Makerbot and I love it. I’ll probably buy another one soon" (in the article linked from this blog post).

    However, my frustration turned into something positive as it motivated to buy the 100% Open Source Hardware LulzBot TAZ 4 from Adafruit. I was pleased to notice that Adafruit has sold 5 in less than a week (10 in stock before my order -> 5 in stock today).

    Phil said during Ask An Engineer last week that they took a bit of risk deciding to stock an Open Source Hardware printer like TAZ as it is more expensive than some closed competitors. I hope I those of us that have bought the TAZ have encouraged Ladyada, Phil & Lulzbot!

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