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Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68242] Fri, 17 May 2013 14:45 UTC Go to next message
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(Image: Lego Ring by MulderandSkully)

I was browsing the list of Lego-compatible add-ons on Shapeways earlier this week and couldn't believe my eyes - the list DOESN'T END! Check out cool examples like Triangle Lego, the Lego Barrette Clip, the little Electric Guitar or this Lego Arduino Brick.

It really got my ideas going, and I'm wondering if it will for you, too. What can you think up that will connect with your Lego?

To get started, grab a Lego Brick .STL file from Thingyverse, or download the über-awesome Free Universal Construction kit.

How to Enter

Design anything that will fit on a Lego brick or character. Post your work here on the forum, and add a picture! Deadline is Monday evening, midnight.

What's the prize?

$25 to use towards your creation, or any other Shapeways purchase.

That's all?

Certainly. Have fun! I'm off to play with my Lego now.

[Updated on: Fri, 17 May 2013 14:56 UTC]


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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68249 is a reply to message #68242 ] Fri, 17 May 2013 15:38 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here's my entry, you know this makes sense, it's the most revolutionary thing to happen since sliced Lego bread ;P

There are two designs both have the opening turning in. One design is the same dimensions as the existing hands but turned and the other has closed hands with a 0.25mm gap. Because they are printed in white and black flexible you can put anything in with a thickness of 0.25 to 1.50mm as you can see in the picture with the penny, Ipad and sign.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8573753131_2cef8b967e.jpg
Customized mini-figure hands by Dot San, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8369/8370191871_feddcf5c80.jpg
Customized 3D printed hands for Minifigures by Dot San, on Flickr

Available here http://shpws.me/nwn3

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/dotsan


Fingers crossed or as close as they can get in this case?

Cheers.
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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68285 is a reply to message #68242 ] Sat, 18 May 2013 11:24 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi!

Some days ago my little son asked me about a lego calbe car - so, here it is!
index.php?t=getfile&id=32640&private=0
Doors, wheels and suspension part are movable.
It is designed for Frosted Detail Plastic.

I suppose i will have to do a valley and mountain station, too Smile



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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68296 is a reply to message #68285 ] Sat, 18 May 2013 14:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WoW that lego calbe car could be a lot of fun Very Happy


If it doesn't look good it's not designed by us.
Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68304 is a reply to message #68242 ] Sat, 18 May 2013 19:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A Lego keyring will make you look super-stylish, and jingle less.

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68312 is a reply to message #68242 ] Sun, 19 May 2013 05:41 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I made these cufflinks not too long ago, even got a recent order for them.
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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68317 is a reply to message #68242 ] Sun, 19 May 2013 10:04 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have updated my Russian series for custom Lego compatible hats recently:

http://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_1072269_975623_1367435518.jpg

So what can be quickly added for this weekend?

A Cosack shako is missing (rough prototype since it normally costs 2 passes) ...


http://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_1104469_1014858_1369031165.jpg

... resulting now in this:
http://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/674x501_1072269_1015029_1369040711.jpg

Woody64

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68330 is a reply to message #68317 ] Sun, 19 May 2013 22:37 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As I reed this I Loved this Weekend Contest!

So I take this as a cause to create some new stuff for the Minifig Divers section in my Shop.

Here's my entry: A Set of Professional Dive Equipment:
index.php?t=getfile&id=32693&private=0

Used by "Technical divers", like Cave or Wrack divers.


A wing type buoyancy control device with double tanks, a Dive Scooter and special Fins.

I still thing about how to add regulators, or leave them away.

Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68348 is a reply to message #68285 ] Mon, 20 May 2013 12:21 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Anjas_3D wrote on Sat, 18 May 2013 11:24

Hi!

Some days ago my little son asked me about a lego calbe car - so, here it is!
index.php?t=getfile&id=32640&private=0
Doors, wheels and suspension part are movable.
It is designed for Frosted Detail Plastic.

I suppose i will have to do a valley and mountain station, too Smile



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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68377 is a reply to message #68348 ] Mon, 20 May 2013 20:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My Combat-Vehicle.

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68414 is a reply to message #68242 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 08:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Shame I missed this one Sad

Anyhow, Bart, your first linked model is in breach of the LEGO Play Fair guidelines - no policing or anything, but for a product to be called LEGO it must be made by or endorsed by The Lego Group.

And, for those interested in LEGO compatible items, go have a hunt for LDraw, a 3D modelling package tailored for building models from a library of LEGO parts. The parts come in a .dat format, the .dat files can be converted to use in whatever software as needed, be warned though the parts are pretty basic construction and will have faceting similar to or worse than Anigroove's post.

Happy building Smile

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68421 is a reply to message #68414 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 09:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi, it's a hot topic 'intellectual Property' and the Maker movement. http://www.brickarms.com/ does very well with producing complimentary objects for mini figs. I think it would be a good idea for Shapeways to have a forum thread dedicated to the legal issues regards 3D printing, it may help companies to develop their IP polices?
Cheers
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P.S Who's won?


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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68424 is a reply to message #68242 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 11:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There are several topics concerning jurisprudence and LEGO®.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mega_Brands
Most of the Lego brick patents have expired.

All sides dealing with LEGO topics always place the disclaimer (take a look on the article below)
http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/legal-notice/fair-play/

There's a 3rd legal component which you always should have in mind: Several companies also have rights on their designs like Walt Disney, Lukas Films, ....
In many cases there's a contract between Lego and these companies to promote a new LEGO line based on these film items. And they can also protect their designs forcing 3rd parties to not use them ....

The LDD library contains brick designs for making construction plans. The majority of these elements are not waterthight.

[Updated on: Tue, 21 May 2013 11:06 UTC]


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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68437 is a reply to message #68424 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 13:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hey folks,

thanks for participating! There are some seriously cool entries here this week! After some intense debating with Mitchell, we have picked wedge's Diver set as the winner. Congrats Smile The $25 gift voucher is coming your way.

@woody64, dotsan, stop4stuff - thanks for your input! I'm going to discuss with Natalia, who is focusing on the legal side of 3D printing, and see how we can formalize this on Shapeways. It's important for everyone (including us) to know how to properly work with these brands, and this info is very useful. Thanks!

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68438 is a reply to message #68437 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 13:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Whoo Hoo well done Wedge, spend it wisely.
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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68439 is a reply to message #68438 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 14:31 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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THX!
But I am also a fan of that calbe car and the hands Smile

Quote:

Whoo Hoo well done Wedge, spend it wisely.

will be spended in testprints for cool new Products Smile.
I hope, I get some of the new stuff ready soon, so I can order this week Smile.
So I can make it public in some weeks.
Stay Tuned, ill show than in "It Arived" Wink



Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68454 is a reply to message #68424 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 17:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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woody64 wrote on Tue, 21 May 2013 11:03


Most of the Lego brick patents have expired.


Quite possibly, but I'm pretty sure that they still have the rights to their own name which appears once on each of the knock-off brick's studs, in a direct copy of the real thing.
Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68460 is a reply to message #68454 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 18:31 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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AmLachDesigns wrote on Tue, 21 May 2013 17:14

woody64 wrote on Tue, 21 May 2013 11:03


Most of the Lego brick patents have expired.


Quite possibly, but I'm pretty sure that they still have the rights to their own name which appears once on each of the knock-off brick's studs, in a direct copy of the real thing.


It doesn't matter about patents, TLG realised themselves a very long time ago that patenting every single element would be a surefire way to financial suicide (iirc the current element catalogue runs to over 30,000 different designs, a lot of which are still in production).

The information about LEGO IP rights is already linked to in this thread - no 'quite possibly' about it.

@wedge I liked the cable car too, but after seeing your previous vignette, you have a theme going, stick with it & congrats! Smile

@Bart, Ana was good at understanding and acting on these things, I don't care so much these days becasue action is slow or never happens, but a simple dictionary of known tradenames that is checked against a model title is all that's needed. Hiding behind the DMCA is no excuse Wink

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@Wedge, congrats! : )
Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68466 is a reply to message #68242 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 20:06 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi guys,

First off, AWESOME entries this week! I think this is my favorite contest so far.

To address some IP issues

We have posted quite a lot about it over the years, here's a quick helpful summary for those of you new, or interested, here's a few explanatory blog posts:

http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/639-It-Will-Be-Awesom e-if-They-Dont-Screw-it-Up-3D-Printing,-Intellectual-Propert y,-and-the-Fight-Over-the-Next-Great-Disruptive-Technology.h tml

and the great, recent, follow up:

http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1897-Public-Knowledge] http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1897-Public-Knowledge s-New-White-Paper-So,-What-is-the-Deal-with-Copyright-and-3D -Printing.html

and a good discussion about creative commons and how we can self-organize

http://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/1202-for-some-designe rs...-protection-may-be-better-achieved-through-instant-prot otyping-and-continuous-product-change-rather-than-intellectu al-property-law.html

There have also been a few forum threads about it, the most recent and more informative is this one:

http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=6146 3&&srch=copyright#msg_61463

More specifically, the LEGO issue is a good one, and the ring that Bart linked to should indeed be labelled differently, perhaps to say "Ring shaped like lego brick" to comply with LEGO's proper use terms, as defined on their site (thanks for the link Paul!)

Proper Use of the LEGO Trademark on a Web Site
If the LEGO trademark is used at all, it should always be used as an adjective, not as a noun. For example, say "MODELS BUILT OF LEGO BRICKS". Never say "MODELS BUILT OF LEGOs".Also, the trademark should appear in the same typeface as the surrounding text and should not be isolated or set apart from the surrounding text. In other words, the trademarks should not be emphasized or highlighted. Finally, the LEGO trademark should always appear with a ® symbol each time it is used.


All that said, it is up to individual users on Shapeways to do this, not Shapeways staff. it is not a matter of hiding behind the DMCA, as the DMCA does not cover trademarks, only copyright. Additionally, under the DMCA, to actively police our users is neither feasible nor expected of Shapeways, as defined here.

Hope that clears it up a bit!

Natalia

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68467 is a reply to message #68454 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 20:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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AmLachDesigns wrote on Tue, 21 May 2013 17:14


Quite possibly, but I'm pretty sure that they still have the rights to their own name which appears once on each of the knock-off brick's studs, in a direct copy of the real thing.


For sure using that would be product piracy ...


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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #68471 is a reply to message #68466 ] Tue, 21 May 2013 21:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Natailia.
Yes things have been posted over time.
Has anything been acted upon, rather than just changing the text of the content policy without notification to members?
I've linked The LEGO Play Fair policy several times 'over the years', so no need to thank me... the info is out there for anyone to find should they care to find it, takes maybe less than 20 seconds on Google.

Now to go hunt through my emails and find the one that says about LEGO & DMCA

ttfn
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I don't know how I missed seeing this contest in time, but I designed a couple of mounts that let you connect Arduino boards to Lego bricks, they've been in my store for a couple of months. They work really well for robotics projects as well as just using them as stands so that your arduinos don't short out on the paperclips and junk on your desk. Here's a render of one:

index.php?t=getfile&id=33796&private=0

There are two different styles, the one with the solid base offers a few more options for mounting, the one with the hole in the center (pictured) looks cool and is cheaper. You can see both in my store here:
http://www.shapeways.com/shops/ohmbu

cheers,
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Cool! As a quick suggestion, products usually sell better on our website if you use actual photographs instead of renders. If you these models lying around, I'd recommend you add some pictures!

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Re: Weekend Contest #12: Create Your Own Lego-compatible Add-on [message #69293 is a reply to message #69278 ] Thu, 06 June 2013 14:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Bart, thanks for the tip, I'll see if I can get some better pics and update my store. Here's a real picture.
index.php?t=getfile&id=33851&private=0

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Sweet, thanks!


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So testprints arrived.
index.php?t=getfile&id=34946&private=0

Unfortunately there is a Problem with the Scooter and the Fins. So it I have to modify the the two parts. It is always good to testprint before selling ... Sad

The BC System is good and in the Shop: http://shpws.me/ohZT

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It looks great! What's the problem?


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The Fins are not holding and fall off very easy. Probably i used the wrong diameter for the Knob *hmpf*. This is easy to fix. But I have to check first.
But i have already an Idea for a model that has the Jet chanals, like the real ones.

The Scooter has two problems:
The smaler Problem, I do not like the proportion.
The Bigger: The handle is connectet with a very thin part. So the handle is wobbling around and may be break up. Sad

Back to the old drawing board.

 
   
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