Entertainment giant Disney has filed a patent for an “anti-scanning” material that would prevent the unauthorized 3D scanning and 3D printing of copyrighted Disney figurines. The company is apparently trying to stem the flow of homemade 3D printed toys that can be downloaded online.It might not be the reason you bought a 3D printer, but homemade toys and figurines are undoubtedly one of the more popular recreational uses for additive technology. Just skim through our fun with 3D printing category to see the evidence for yourself.Unfortunately, the days of freely downloadable toys—at least, those of beloved Disney characters like BB-8, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck—could soon be coming to an end. That’s because entertainment giant Disney has filed a patent for an “anti-scanning” material that could be used to make its official toys and merchandise harder to scan and digitize.The material, described in a recently filed patent, would have certain reflective properties that would supposedly befuddle scanning equipment by making solid edges hard to identify. It is not yet known exactly how this “retro-reflective” material work, but the patent suggests that glass crystals embedded in a figurine’s face could be used to perform the function. “The scan-protected exterior surfaces are either light-absorbing or reflect light in unconventional directions,” the patent states.
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