Back in January, I wrote about 3D models for Warhammer 40K figures showing up on The Pirate Bay. This week, though, word comes to us from Wired magazine that models in the style of 40K were removed from Thingiverse after the online community for 3D printers received a DMCA notice from Games Workshop.
According to the article, Thomas Valenty’s models were for a mecha and a tank, and yes, only “Warhammer-style”.
At the risk of making the same comment here that I did on my on blog on this subject, Games Workshop is very clearly on the wrong side of history. The technology is coming whether they like it or not, and no amount of C&D’s are going to stop it.
If they had a brain, they’d embrace it, put out their own .STL files for about what it cost to buy a box of the premade figures, and wait to see how the market turns out. Adjust the price up or down as seems warranted.
It’s not like there are so many 3D printers out there that it’s really going to eat into their profit margin, and for the few folks out there who *do* have the technology, they’ll make a few pounds off them early on. Corner the market.
That way they’re perceived as being not only forward thinking, but responsive to customers’ needs, rather than being perceived as Evil.
Agreed with Greyhawk here. Though new and still developing, the PDF/ebook model sets a path for miniatures and other toy makers to follow if 3D printing becomes more prevalent.
To be honest GW need to rethink modeling with finecast cos it is terrible. Sorry its a bit off topic
GW will be swept away by this printer technology unless they do some type of e-sale thing. It’s easier than ever to download a song, game or movie… and these models will be no different.
The whole world is going to be swept away by 3D printing, I am involved in it on the medical side and it is utterly revolutionary.