The Pirate Bay, those nefarious pirates of the ether, with a patch over one eye and the other eye on the future have some very clever plans afoot. Their recently announced grand vision is to allow everyone to pirate the whole of the physical world.
The most optimistic amongst us may initially think of the Star Trek replicator, but alas that is still a ways off. Instead The Pirate Bay – TPB – have established and released the first standard interchangeable 3D model file format and the mechanism for sharing those designs. This new file format is intended to be interchangeable between 3D printers, allowing anyone with the equipment –a compatible 3D printer– to make use of any shared designs and in turn share your designs with the world.
Being a very creative group of peg legs TPB have even coined a new term for these files and this new form of sharing, Physibles – Data objects that are converted into Physically Feasible 3D printer objects-.