Hit and miss
> "Every object is original and unique,"
Is that just a polite way to say that 3D printers can't reproduce models accurately?
Oxford Street stalwart Selfridges will plunge into the 3D-printing business with a pop-up shop - just in time for the Christmas rush. The store within a store comes from London's iMakr, which has its own 3D printer outlet on London's Clerkenwell Road (and dangerously close to Vulture Central's new digs). Visitors to …
If you've calibrated the printer correctly then you can print parts to tolerances of less than 0.1mm. The range of different plastics & colours is one way to differentiate the copies, deliberately changing output size is another. If you have access to the original design files as well then you've got infinite scope for variations.
Depends on your definition of precision. I doubt you'll see carpenters working to that accuracy, but a decent metal shop making small components should be able to beat that by at least a couple of orders of magnitude. The big problem with plastic is that it changes in size noticeably with heat, you have to compensate for that when printing. That variation is going to result in inaccuracies.
Unless this is an actual copy of a DC figurine, I'd suggest it's more likely to be a trademark issue than a copyright one...
Still, the argument most likely holds true that the driver for this technology might well be the ability to acquire freebie source files for printing 3D items by dubious means. The cost per print will have to come down a *lot* to make it desirable for such impecunious, entitlement-driven types though.
These guys may have managed to be sued simultaneously by Blizzard and DC Comics. The only way to make things worse would be to attract another lawsuit from Disney.
Mmmhh... That cape... Where have I seen that cape before?... Yes! Snow White ! ... Oh shit!...
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