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Of course that this - even when of quality - can never constitute a threat to artists, but, instead, a possibility. Notice that printing those records is no copyright infringement but a private copy, and as for sharing the 3D model, well, she had the wav in the first place, and could have shared that.


Because the sound is a by-product of the two elements, is this technically infringement of copyright? Objects can be trademarked, but of course, these shapes have not been. Just a thought.

Nicholas James

Digital dynamics vs. Analog Dynamics - she says when her daft punk record hits it's bass it throws the needle... I bet her 3d files are based on digitally optimized audio files. Back to the drawing tablet.


The transformation is made as part of the process of the act of private copying, thus not a copyright infringement. It's actually equivalent, legally, to copying the WAV files you bought into a cassette tape: perfectly legal.

Translucent Vinyl

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Andrew E

This article was a pleasant surprise.
Obviously the whole 3D printing copywright issue will be something that wil be dealt with.
But as an engineer and product designer, I find it fantastic that the technology is to a point that we can essentially reproduce vinyl records.

I am definitely excited by this and a story that I read about 3D printing metal components.

-Andrew www.producracy.com

Aluminum Earwig

i wonder if they'd have better results using a mastered-for-vinyl master.


I actually doubt it, but there's no reason why one couldn't master it for the resolution it will be printed into.


3D printing is one of many exponential technologies that will fundamentally reshape our world. At Singularity U were had the opportunity to see the latest iterations of RepRap, a self replicating 3D printer. So in the not so distant future, we wall all have them.


Will 3d printers cause yet another shit-storm of rich musicians pretending to be victims?


Will anyone in the world give a shit?


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