Provided DAZ says 3D printing of D|S models is allowed, would any PA’s be interested in producing 3D print “friendly” content?
I know there is a concern about intellectual property being stolen from a 3D print format file, but I as someone who has worked with these files intimately, I can attest that it would take far less time to develop one’s own content than it would to extract usable data from a .STL file. In fact, I believe it would be virtually impossible to extract usable data from a composite character model in .STL format.
Due to my knowledge and experience with 3D printing, I can provide information and guidance in what a 3D print friendly file would need.
There is a HUGE and rapidly growing movement, people are buying their own 3D printers for under $800! There is and will be a tremendous market for people to use 3D software to make 3D printable characters. I believe that any PA’s and, for that matter, DAZ could expand their market tremendously by offering a 3D print friendly content.
Of course, this would all hinge on DAZ’s “OK” first, but since people can already print their renders on paper (or if they don’t have a printer, they can print their JPG file at Staples or some similar firm), there really should be no distinction regarding the form of output - provided that everyone’s intellectual property is protected.
So, if DAZ says “OK”, I am willing to provide guidance to any developer/artist who wants to develop 3D print friendly content.