Now this is interesting: A new site called The Product Bay aims to be a file sharing haven for the age of rapid manufacturing, making it possible to download product designs and then just assemble those products on your 3D printer.

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The site is currently just featuring a placeholder blog, but the first entry already sounds promising:

"RepRap and other 3D printers are the future. Thereís no question about it. With the proud tradition from The Pirate Bay, we want to take all of this to the next level. TPB will be TPB, but for real life objects."

Rapid manufacturing has come a long way in recent years, from being not much more than a visionary concept to the point where 3D printers are not only available, but actually almost ready for desktop use. Enthusiast sites like have started to swap designs under Creative Commons licenses, and many articles have been written about a future in which communities can design and produce their own products.

Of course, there may also be a different future ahead - a future in which people just download leaked or reverse engineered product designs to produce their own copy of that nice designer clock that's selling in stores for hundreds of dollars. That's the future that The Product Bay seems to be preparing for:

"We want you to download those new jeans. We want you to share those new shoes. Itís possible, letís make it happen."

It's no accident that The Product Bay is aligning itself with The Pirate Bay. The site was apparently registered by Pirate Bay-co-founder Peter Sunde aka brokep, who proclaimed on Twitter this week:

"Online is SO 2009. Offline is 2010. That's why I just registered "". Download physical objects, it's the future!"

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