New patent cripples 3D printing with DRM

3D printing is not even a widespread technology, yet the industry seems already eager to kill the freedom for users to manufacture (or “print”) whatever solid object they like: a patent granted by the USPTO describes a “manufacturing control system”, a technology potentially useful to control if the “project” to print is already classified as forbidden for personal printing.

Granted to the well know patent-eating company Intellectual Ventures (one of the top five owners of US patents in 2011), the new patent depicts a method “for secure manufacturing to control object production rights” on 3D printer-like machine.

A file containing the data for the project to print must be validated from a remote location (over the Internet, seemingly), the patent suggests: only if certain conditions are met, ie if the object to print isn’t filed as restricted by the organization controlling the validation scheme, the printing process works as intended.

The software needed to control the printing must be embedded into the 3D printer, a requirement that clearly doesn’t bode well for the success of the technology if it doesn’t become mandatory. Michael Weinberg, lawyer for the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, says the new patent “is an attempt to assert ownership over DRM for 3D printing”, a way to use DRM restrictions to stop unauthorized copying of things”.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Peter Knobloch said,
Thank goodness this is patented; now all other manufacturers will NOT be allowed to put DRM into their 3D printers.

Lol...I didn't think of it that way!

This is good news.

Peter Knobloch said,
Thank goodness this is patented; now all other manufacturers will NOT be allowed to put DRM into their 3D printers.

3D printer manufacturers will be dying to pay to fight a big selling point! /s

Well, I guess there will be enough companies goin out of their ways to "help improve the customer experience" by generously paying for the licensing fees of this "crucial, important technology".

Glassed Silver:ios

All I hear is: "We've now made it more fun to print 'illegal' things for everyone who was gonna do it anyways by making them play the bypass DRM game, will you be the first!? Gotta bypass 'em all!"

astropheed said,
All I hear is: "We've now made it more fun to print 'illegal' things for everyone who was gonna do it anyways by making them play the bypass DRM game, will you be the first!? Gotta bypass 'em all!"

lol!

Sir, you win the internets today!

Glassed Silver:ios

How are they going to tell? is some one going to oversee each one? if they are then I might send 100 penis' to the print queue, DRM that b*tch

Toysoldier said,
How are they going to tell? is some one going to oversee each one? if they are then I might send 100 penis' to the print queue, DRM that b*tch

Too similar to random dildos, they won't allow that shape.

I take it that organization would eventually get TONS of money for "protecting" stuff.

Glassed Silver:ios

spy beef said,
This can be easily bypassed by stripping the DRM from the file.

The way I understood it is:
Actually anything you send to the printer gets validated.

Glassed Silver:ios

Glassed Silver said,

The way I understood it is:
Actually anything you send to the printer gets validated.

Glassed Silver:ios

Internet validation isn't going to stop anything, some people buy products with one aim and thats to bypass the security they have in place soon as thats done there will be firmware or patch that just tells the printer to ignore the validation.

The only thing that this patent is doing is slowing down the inevitable meaning they can keep the price higher for longer, once the firmware/patch is out the price will start to drop because people will print what they want.

I have not even seen a 3d printer or followed them or anything printed from one of them im just thinking/speaking out aloud.

Xoligy said,

Internet validation isn't going to stop anything, some people buy products with one aim and thats to bypass the security they have in place soon as thats done there will be firmware or patch that just tells the printer to ignore the validation.

The only thing that this patent is doing is slowing down the inevitable meaning they can keep the price higher for longer, once the firmware/patch is out the price will start to drop because people will print what they want.

I have not even seen a 3d printer or followed them or anything printed from one of them im just thinking/speaking out aloud.


True, didn't claim it would work though

GS:mac

Javik said,
Sigh. If one person wants to come up with an idea, another always wants to put DRM onto it.

Or get silly patents on it and sue competitors out of the market!!!

The Laughing Man said,
Oh here we go again.

It's as if the owners of this patent have not heard of the problems with DRM in audio and video... <sigh> You are right, here we go again

The Laughing Man said,
Oh here we go again.

I guess you should save up a few million dollars and buy this patent and then open it up for everyone else for free!..