The Sussex Humanities Lab has a 3d printer.
Thingiverse is the main place to get digital files for printing. Most of the content on Thingiverse is open licensed, meaning that – in most cases – the uploader of the digital file claims copyright and the right to apply to Creative Commons licenses (or similar) to their copyright.
A quick survey of Thingiverse suggests that uploaders may not have the right to apply open licenses to some of the content they upload. Borderline cases include:
– This file www.thingiverse.com/thing:116411 is a design plan for blocks compatible with Duplo.
– This file www.thingiverse.com/thing:2285505 is a design plan for terrain made from in copyright Google Maps data at touchterrain.geol.iastate.edu/
– The file www.thingiverse.com/thing:912478 is a model of the Eiffel Tower
Given the academic interest in 3d printing this session will introduce 3d printing and discuss the potential future legal challenges of the technology.