As our world of technology progresses–nearly every day it seems–so does the way we receive data; and that’s been something that’s always under refinement, from the phone to the fax to floppy disks, CDs, and well…you get it.
Lately though–as is so often said with 3D printing technology–it seems as if many of the new products and services we are receiving come to us through something not unlike magic, and it can get more than a little mind-boggling just trying to figure out how we’ve gotten this far–not to mention what’s next.
Authentise and 3dfilemarket are currently one of the few companies who are now going to be responsible for that ‘what’s next’ right now, elevating makers and designers to an even higher, faster, and safer plane when it comes to putting 3D designs out there as well as receiving them.
With the expertise of Authentise, a company dedicated to building the optimum 3D printing process for all involved, 3dfilemarket will now be able to offer both users and designers all the benefits that come with streaming .stl files, rather than downloading (although that service will be available as well for selling designs).
While everyone’s been pretty happy to jump on the sharing wagon, touting the benefits of an open-source environment, there is the flip side to that as some designers worry about intellectual property rights, with the natural desire to want to lay claim to their own work.
“At the moment many designers will not release the .stl files for download due to the risk of intellectual property theft and until this is fully addressed, it is ultimately holding back the sharing of good 3dprintable content,” Philip Cotton, founder of 3dfilemarket told 3DPrint.com. “As all the designs on the 3dfilemarket have been proven printable this will allow more designers to share their work without having to release the source file.”
It shouldn’t be too much to ask to be able to retain the rights to your latest genius creation, but it’s been hard for individuals and companies to help find a way around that while sharing so many 3D files and designs. Finding workarounds, however, is what the making, tinkering, and innovating community centered around digital design and 3D printing does best. And streaming is surely just one more phase of the genius groundwork we see being paved.
“Ultimately this will lead to better designs being shared and 3D printed that will help 3D printing continue to advance,” Cotton told 3DPrint.com. “Also without having to download a model, import into a slicing software, set the parameters and then send to a 3D printer, the user experience will be made more streamlined and easier.”
With Authentise’s technology–the pure definition of groundbreaking for 3D printing enthusiasts–3dfilemarket’s customers will have it much easier. With a dedication to guiding other businesses in implementing the 3D strategies best for them, Authentise was the obvious choice when 3dfilemarket began looking for a method to answer requests from designers who had intellectual property concerns.
“We decided to implement the technology this year after multiple requests from designers to protect their designs,” said Cotton. “We feel that this is the future of 3dprinting, like where we stand with music streaming. Ten years ago we all downloaded MP3s, when today the majority of music is streamed through streaming services like Spotify. As 3dprinting becomes more mainstream so will the printing of designs through streaming technology.”
As streaming technology begins to flow, delighting us with instant gratification and a no muss approach to attaining anything from movies to files, it’s a perfect mix of magic combined with 3D printing technology.
“We plan, design and develop software to be adaptable to our business needs of companies like 3DfileMarket, that are working hard to unlock high quality 3D printable content,” said Karla Lopez, Authentise. “We believe more prints mean more printers, more material and lower prices, benefiting the ecosystem as a whole.”
One has to wonder how much better it can get–but I’m sure someone might be chuckling at this statement in just a matter of years, and maybe less at the rate we’re going, considering just months ago we were all pretty amazed that we could go somewhere to download an .stl file and then 3D print anything from car parts to prostheses. That seemed pretty darned good, and in fact, I think most are still reveling in it, not having gotten the news flash yet that compared to streaming, it’s quickly going to be considered a much clunkier, non-efficient route.