First off, please let me know if you think this is too off-topic for the community. I'm happy to delete it.
This is the first I've heard of it, but apparently, it's not too long before we may be able to copy physical items with 3d printing technology. Today, many of us print out art -- official, custom ordered or otherwise -- to display alongside our treasured non-flat items. But what if we could print out physical replications of the items themselves? Imagine a world where the newest kids figures are fully reproducible in your own home. That ManMew DS stylus everyone's crazy over? What if you could just up and print it?
Before we proceed any further, I should clarify that Pokemon and other character goods are protected by copyright/trademark law, so they don't fall under the "useful items" exception described in the article. Copying official Pokemon merchandise is most certainly still illegal, and you should not do it. That said, we all know that bootlegged items are a dime a dozen in Pokemon collecting.
I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts on how this could impact the collecting world, both positively and negatively. There are some pretty terrifying consequences of this for both buyers and artists -- with ceramic 3d printing capabilities, custom artists are going to have some trouble keeping their unique works unique, and if someone can just print out a new mini model, all of our mini model rainbows could be instantly complete. But at the same time, there's a lot that's exciting about this, isn't there? Is there something really exciting about making collecting more affordable, more innovative? If plastic objects can be rendered from a photograph, could artists who traditionally work in flat medium translate their talent into a 3d mode?
What kind of impact do you think this will have on our community?
On a less serious note, I'm finally moved into my new apartment. ;u; My Gloom shelf is all set up, so as soon as I get a break from applying to internships I'll have to post a big collection update. ♥
(In the meantime, as always, feel free to throw any Glooms and Garbodors you have for sale my way.)