interesting aside, somewhat related to this discussion:
just heard on the bbc yesterday a report linking one Superbill, a counterfeit US $100 bill (it’s so perfect that most experts can’t tell it’s fake) to the north korean govt.
we’ve seen so many “design”/copy jobs go oversees recently, especially to asian markets, this is almost funny! they may as well make our money too…
regarding virtual licensing, i’m somewhat in favor of it. sure it will mean less jobs for copyers out there, but will make the work of real designers and problems solvers so much easier.
a little story below…
one avenue of freelance i’ve been stepping into lately has been copying products for the packaging industry. somebody wants a new fancy plastic package for their little doohicky. these get vacuu-formed in the thousands or multi-thousands. ok, i’m not a big fan of the non-recyclable plastics industry, but i thought i’d get my feet wet for the experience, as i’m interested in doing some low yield vacuu form for personal projects.
thing is, the clients are just salespeople, usually unrelated to the company of product origination, and have no concept of what it takes to just “make this or do that”.
so i’ve got to reverse engineer some crappy hair brush that has to snap into place in the plastic packaging. i don’t have a digitizer, and this is low budget. i do it the old fasioned way with a contour template, pencil, paper and my flatbed scanner. then i’ve got to tweak the model to allow for plastic offset and shrink. if i could just get the source files from the original designer who made the thing in the first place, would sure make my job easier.
wait a sec, why don’t they just go to that person in the first place? couple possible reasons here:
-there IS no sourcefile!!! the damn thing was probly made the old fashioned way in the first place, no solidmodeling, no nurbs (but the styling is soooo nurbs i’m not sure about this answer)
-or maybe business being what it is, the original co. doesn’t want to release souce files due to fear of having it’s brushes copied easily?
-another answer brings us full swing back to the topic of copying again: some co. has a product to sell, let’s say it’s a hairbrush. it’s already been manufactured. in fact they are already selling it. it’s even got it’s own packaging. another company wants to copy this brush, exactly. all it needs is a brush, some good moldmaking and casting facilities, and last but not least, some good packaging! but they don’t have a vacuu form facility, so they shop it around. that’ s where my client comes in. he’s in the vacuu form business, but knows next to nothing about cnc. that’s where i come in, knowing a bunch about cnc and whatnot…
there is so much stuff like this out there. someday, i give it 5 to 10 years from now, every single real thing will have it’s virtual double (i don’t mean just a decent 3d model, i mean something that will output to cnc nicely, direct to fabrication let’s say.) lot’s of work for modellers, and even more time and energy for designers to devote to the things that count.