3D-Printing Project Recreates Old Patents [Pics]
Martin Galese takes old inventions from the official design archives and converts the diagrams into files that can be easily reproduced.
New York lawyer Martin Galese is bringing back forgotten inventions from the past using 3D printing. Finding former patents which are now in the public domain and free to be reused and re-purposed, he enables people to recreate objects from as far back as the 19th century. The NY Times reports:
Not unlike the fictional scientists of “Jurassic Park,” Mr. Galese scours the patent office’s archives for the “design DNA” of antique inventions, then reinterprets them as design files for today’s 3-D printers. He has posted more than a dozen of these forgotten inventions on his blog as well as the 3-D printing design library, Thingiverse, for anyone to make today.