It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology

Drawing lessons from the online copyright wars, It Will Be Awesome examines the intersection between 3D printing and intellectual property law. It details how opponents of 3D printing, especially industries disrupted by 3D printing, might try and leverage copyright, patent, and trademark to stifle its growth. Finally, It Will Be Awesome concludes with a call to the 3D printing community to rally to protect itself.Drawing lessons from the online copyright wars, It Will Be Awesome examines the intersection between 3D printing and intellectual property law. It details how opponents of 3D printing, especially industries disrupted by 3D printing, might try and leverage copyright, patent, and trademark to stifle its growth. Finally, It Will Be Awesome concludes with a call to the 3D printing community to rally to protect itself.

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From Bits to Pieces: The Business Innovation Opportunities of 3D Printing

3D printing is generating more and more news and interest. It is a digital factory that makes just about any small object out of powder and filament: titanium aircraft parts, running shoes, customized jewelry, prosthetics and even human skin.
This is the first management book that goes beyond the “gee whiz” of 3D printing to how it is being used to create business value. It scans the landscape of car makers, construction companies, consumer goods firms and many others to highlight both the innovations and best practices and their lessons for your firm’s innovation agenda. It provides a succinct guide to the key terms and concepts of the technology, materials and options.
From Bits to Pieces is a business briefing for action: non-hype, full of real and rich examples, comprehensive and realistic.
Forbes calls 3D printing the next trillion industry. How will your firm gets its share? The Economist predicts it is likely to be as consequential as the invention of the factory. What does that mean for management action?

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Getting Started with RepRap: 3D Printing on Your Desktop

This book provides an overview of RepRap, the 3D printer that’s the basis of nearly every inexpensive 3D printer on the market. You’ll learn what it can do, how to model objects, and how to print the best parts possible. This book is not a tutorial for building RepRap because it is such a fast-moving target that no book could possibly provide that. Instead, it teaches you what you need to know before you obtain a RepRap and what you need to know to get the most out of it.

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Getting Started with MakerBot

Ready to join the personal fabrication movement? This hands-on book shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer.

It’s handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made—like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless, and MakerBot is the fun, affordable, and inspiring way to go. Get started with your own little factory today!

  • Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works
  • Learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away
  • Make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA
  • Get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells
  • Choose from thousands of free designs on Thingiverse.com—and share your own
  • Repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design
  • Design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools
  • Use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you

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