Creating a Print - Someone's already done it!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by PeregrineStudios, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. PeregrineStudios
    PeregrineStudios Well-Known Member
    Hey everyone,

    I've got a bit of sticky wicket here.

    I'm working on a 3D Print of a ring, and just make a disappointing and frustrating discovery. While browsing fan art and just general Google images, searching for inspiration, I came across an image linking to Shapeways. To my dismay, I discovered that someone else has already done this sort of thing!

    I won't say what it is - I don't want to bring unwanted attention to either this print or my own until I've sorted this out - but while this other person's print is different from my own, they're definitely extremely similar in concept.

    So -- what do I do? I love this idea I had and want to see it through. At the same time, is it poor form to make and sell a print when someone else is already selling something similar? Obviously in a free market you can do what you want, but it's been said in the past that Shapeways is a community, and I agree. I don't want to step on anyone's toes.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    1) You could contact the other designer and ask politely if they would object to yours, pointing out the differences between the two designs.
    2) Don't feel bad about it.. there are millions of other things that haven't been designed yet.
    3) There's a bit of "no foul" here if you're only printing the item for your own personal use. offering the item for sale would make it problematic.
    4) Remember that in the world of fan-art, you may run afoul of the original copyright holder, so be careful there.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012
  3. PeregrineStudios
    PeregrineStudios Well-Known Member
    I agree, in fact I've already contacted the designer - and I'm taking steps to make sure mine is different. Most notably, his has a Co-Creator option and mine will not, which will hopefully be difference enough (aside from the obvious personal differences in design and style).