3D-printed Toy Construction Kit-Adapter-Set

 Vimeo Direkttoys

Tolle Aktion vom Fffffat Lab, die ein Adapter-Kit bestehend für Baukasten-Systeme als 3D-Prints veröffentlicht haben, mit denen man unter anderem Lego, Duplo und Fischertechnik miteinander kombinieren kann. Mal abgesehen von der grandiosen Idee – die ja nun so neu nicht ist, nur hab ich damals mit 'nem Feuerzeug die Arme von Big Jim weichgeschmolzen und Legosteine drangepappt. Hat nicht so richtig gut gehalten, sah aber für ein paar Stunden super aus – ist das vor allem eine Provokation sämtlicher Patentanwälte der Produzenten der verwendeten Spielzeuge.

The simple fact is that no toy company would ever make the Free Universal Construction Kit. Instead, each construction toy wants (and indeed, pretends) to be your only playset. Within this worldview, the other manufacturers’ construction sets are just so many elephants in the room, competing for your attention on the shelves of Toys-R-Us. No longer. The Free Universal Construction Kit presents what no manufacturer could: a remedy providing extensible, post-facto syntactic interoperability for construction toys. Let the fun begin!

Some may express concern that the Free Universal Construction Kit infringes such corporate prerogatives as copyright, design right, trade dress, trademarks or patents of the supported toy systems. We encourage those eager to enforce these rights to please think of the children — and we assert that the home printing of the Free Universal Construction Kit constitutes protected fair use. Simon Bradshaw et al., writing in “The Intellectual Property Implications of Low-Cost 3D Printing”, conclude that the public is legally allowed to make 3D prints that mate with proprietary parts, especially in cases (the “Must Fit Exception”) where a piece’s shape “is determined by the need to connect to or fit into or around another product”:

“Even where a registered design is copied via a 3D printer this would not be an infringement if it were done ‘privately and for purposes which are not commercial’. Both criteria must be met; it is insufficient that copying is not done for profit. Purely personal use of a 3D printer to make items will thus not infringe a registered design.”

The Free Universal Construction Kit