It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology, a Nov 2010 report from Public Knowledge, focussing on the IP implications…

“One of the goals of this whitepaper is to prepare the 3D printing community, and the public at large, before incumbents try to cripple 3D printing with restrictive intellectual property laws.”

And for those who don’t read: “We Make Things” — an excellent 16 minute mini-documentary on ‘the maker revolution’….

We Make Things. from Ryan Varga on Vimeo.

Some links from a lecture I gave on the subject:

* Maker kit:

Makerbot

BotMill

Objet 3D printers

* Workshops for hire:

Fab Lab Manchester

* Instructions and open source modules:

Thingiverse

Le Van Bo

Open Structures

MAKE magazine

DIY Drones

Bug Labs

Arduino

Instructibles

Hacking the Brother knitting machine

Hacked gadgets

Hackerteria

Ikea Hacker

Kinect Hacks

Scanner Killer

* Product customisation:

Nike iD

Zazzle sneakers

Unofficial Lego guns and helmets

* Hand-made marketplaces:

Etsy

* Print-on-demand:

Lulu (print-on-demand books)

Blurb (quality photobooks)

* Funding:

Kickstarter

Ulule

* Small-scale outsourcing for later customisation:

Alibaba

Made.com

* Birmingham maker contacts:

Fizzpop