Questions tagged [legal]

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How to print Lego bricks?

How can I print Lego bricks in order to make them attach? I need them to be standalone pieces. I use resin to print. My model is Elegoo Mars 3. What resolution should I use? Also, how should I color ...
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Can I sell a handpainted large scale 3D model of a copyrighted 2D concept art?

The art in question is https://www.instagram.com/p/CIfsO2ZD7Rj/ . I Think the concept artist, Jean Giraud, is dead.
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DRM or license management solution for 3D printing

Is there any DRM or license management solution for 3D printing? I'm looking for something, that would help me limit the number of prints someone can make from my projects. Basically, I would like to ...
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What filament material is safe to use as in-wall housing (US)?

Which type of filament material(s) is safe to use as an in-wall box for regular, 120v wiring? For instance, an electrical outlet box. In case it matters, location is the state of Washington, USA.
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Printing non-commercial model to make money

If a customer sends me a non-commercial 3D model to print, am I allowed to charge money for the 3D printing process? I understand I cannot charge anything for the model nor offer it as a part of my ...
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Low hanging fruit improvements to FDM printers that are patented

What are some relatively simple improvements to FDM 3D printers that cannot be sold however because they are under patent? I know a heated build chamber is one such thing: According to the RepRap ...
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3D printer part clones from china - legality

What's the legal status of Chinese 3D printer part clones such as Hiwin linear rail clones or E3D hotends? While it's clear that Chinese clones are certainly sub-par in quality, no question, what I ...
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Can I print and sell 3D models licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Can I Print models from Sources like Thingiverse and sell them ? I will be only charging the print costs and will provide full credits and attributes to the original creator of the model (with links ...
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Can I design or remix a model in SketchUp Make and legally share it via Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or similar?

SketchUp Make is licensed for non-commercial work only. This includes the output from the software. Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide,...
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Printing copyrighted objects as a print shop for a customer [closed]

If a person is running a print shop where there are given STL files by customers, and they print the part for them, does the legality of the printed object matter? The customer would be supplying the ...
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I've exported 3D models from the game, can I print them? [closed]

Assuming I've extracted 3D models from a game which I legally bought (such as StarCraft). I am allowed to 3D print them for personal use or give it to close friends? Is there any general rule, or ...
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Can I print my own Lego bricks? [closed]

Assuming I've 3D design (or I've created one) which looks very similar to Lego bricks, I am allowed to 3D print them for my personal use? Do I need to obtain some permission to do so, because of some ...
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Is it legal to make a fire weapon with a 3D printer? [closed]

Is there any regulation against a 3D printed weapon in the United States or Europe? Some time ago, I saw an article in Israel where they had one that was not detected by the x-ray and was fully ...