Today no one doubts that the future of product design lies in digital manufacturing, a set of integrated processes that allows you to move from a digital design using CAD software to a solid tridimensional object, obtained from a 3D printer. But digital manufacturing includes not only 3D printing (objects are built up out of layers of metal or plastic) but also CNC Machining (where, typically, shapes are cut out of wooden sheets) and Laser Cutting (where materials like metal are burnt or melted by a laser beam). Any kind of object can be manufactured today: a pencil, a furniture unit, a shoe, a drone and, unfortunately, even a weapon.
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The future of architecture and design is closely linked to virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR), tools that not only help architects and designers to better conceive space and volume but also to present the project to the customers.
In this post, we will talk about those works that can be used without having to seek the author’s permission, that is, those in the public domain. If a work is in the public domain, it means that this work can be freely used, disseminated and even modified (in the case of some creative commons licenses). If it is not in the public domain, then it is compulsory to request permission and, in some cases, pay to obtain a copyright license.
In order to correctly protect your creations, you need to know what your rights are and identify when they are being violated. Likewise, it is important to understand that sometimes you might be committing an infringement yourself without being fully aware of it.
What is the intellectual property about and why should I be informed? It would be a mistake to think that, as designers, the issue of intellectual property does not affect us, because it really does. When we think of copyright, writers, artists, photographers and little else comes to mind. But the truth is that intellectual property affects the entire creative sector, from musicians to architects, software developers and designers.