Re: [rp-ml] free STL Files and other (free) things we wish for in the new year

From: Fast 3D di Saleri Stefano <>
Date: Fri Jan 08 2010 - 09:50:54 EET

I think that in the long run, in todays world of doing business, most of us
are obliged to earn to survive. Reprap could not have started without money
and cannot continue to survive and improve without it. So what's the
problem, we are all out there in competing with and agianst each other, why,
to make money or generate business and survive, and if you enjoy what you do
all the better, but I sincerly beleive that the bottom line is to beat your
direct competitor in an honest and most ethical way possible of course.

Dr Adrian Bowyer wrote:
> Lino, didn't you know that you can do /almost/ the same things with the
> /almost free/ RepRap, as you can with an /expensive/ Objet :-) ? Welcome
> to the "brave new world" of free everything!

Companies that have invested large sums of money in the AM world cannot
decide not to pay their monthly leasing rates and lose market share because
some other cheap or free technology is advertised as a similar technology. I
find this type of publicity unfair and this as far as I am concerned is not

Stefano Saleri

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrian Bowyer" <>
To: "G. Sachs" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: [rp-ml] free STL Files and other (free) things we wish for in
the new year

> Err. But stuff isn't free. That's why I have to earn.
> In fact I earn about 1.1 times the UK average wage as a part-time
> lecturer. For the rest of my time (I estimate about 60% of it) I do many
> many other things that interest me for exactly nothing.
> "Are you saying you are willing to start teaching and doing research, for
> free..."
> Yes, given the time I'd happily do those for nothing. I don't have to be
> paid to do things I enjoy.
> Exam marking is another matter :-)
> Best wishes
> Adrian
> Dr Adrian Bowyer
> G. Sachs wrote:
>> Adrian - "And... Who needs to earn, if stuff is free? :-)"
>> Apparently you and others at the the University of Bath! But I assume you
>> are TOTALLY kidding - right? !
>> Are you saying you are willing to start teaching and doing research, for
>> free, in exchange for all the RepRaps, music, movies, and TV you could
>> ever want (great idea for 2010 :-) ? How are you going to pay the farmer,
>> and your doctor - in RepRap 'units' or RP parts :-)? Ahhhh, but then I
>> think you will agree with me that talk is, by far, the cheapest commodity
>> of all (actually it's one of the few things that's ALWAYS been free)?
>> Just (half) kidding though, in order to try and rattle your notion, a
>> bit, that there simple solutions to tough problems, probably will do.
>> Here in the States, people often fault academicians for not having enough
>> "skin in the game" and being sheltered from the harsh realities of living
>> in the "real world". I guess I kind of have one foot in both worlds and
>> so can look at things both ways, or as a series of +'s & -'s (though,
>> sometimes, it still seems like a zero sum game).
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