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Intellectual Property

How do we protect IP on

Designer and creators, ever wonder what happens with your files’ privacy after they’re uploaded on Well wonder no more! This post offers all the information as to the privacy of your file after it is uploaded to the site.

When it comes to privacy rights, some compare additive manufacturing to the revamping of the music industry with the rise of iTunes and online music services. Like an MP3 file, a 3D file can be downloaded and proliferated without much hassle. So it is of the utmost importance to protect those files when they are uploaded to a site. This is how we do it here at Sculpteo:

  • Every upload is set private by default

By default, your file is confidential and kept safe within our protected servers. So if you don’t change any parameters after upload, only you will be able to print it and only those with whom you personally share the link will be able to see it within the 3D viewer.

  • You can easily change the settings of your design

If you’d like to change the privacy settings of your file, its quite simple.

First go on Your objects page and choose the 3D file that you want to set. Click on the thumbnail and click on the arrow icon on the top right corner as show on this image:

3D file settings on sculpteo.comOn this page it is easy to change the privacy settings of multiple objects and to quickly see which are public and which are private. It’s ideal for those looking to change the privacy settings of a multitude of objects.

Setting the privacy mode to ‘Public’ will allow others to order a 3D print of your object and permits you to set a margin of profit when people do.

By clicking on ‘design settings’ you will go on a very useful page where you can add pictures, description of your design, vendor informations if you have as shop, and change the sharing rules.

How to set a 3D file public on sculpteo.comIn the above example, I’ve left my pot private but I gave the right to other people with a link to order a 3D print of this design. This is quite useful when you are several working on the same project but not sharing the same account on

You can set different level of publicity of your design on this ‘Sharing menu':
– visibility :  either private or public
– give the right to other people to order it or not
– give the right to other people to customize it or not

When you’re ok with it, make sure to press on the blue button ‘Save’ (just under your username on the top right corner of the page) and you’re all set!

If you want to go on details of each status of confidentiality, please check our Confidentiality and Intellectual Property page on our resource center.

  •    Check the rights for your 3D files

The Sculpteo terms were written to be as clear as possible, however to summarize: when you upload on or, you recognize to be the author of the 3D file or to detain the rights to use this 3d file. This is specially important when you are uploading a 3D file that you have bought or downloaded on a 3D library or marketplace. We advise you to get the details of the licence that you have purchased. Usually, you have the right to use the 3D file for your personal use but not a commercial use. So please double check the license that you have on a 3D file before setting is as public, printable by other or add a designer fee.

  • Report to us any IP issue

If you notice an IP issue on gallery or an inappropriate content, don’t hesitate to contact us and to shoot us an email. We will remove the litigious design as soon as we can, usually within 1 business day. Sharing a design on gallery is the responsibility of the uploader of the file and we don’t make any moderation of what is appearing in the gallery. Thanks for your help to keep it clean and respectful!

  • Does it work ? YES!

According to the brilliant guys of Econolyst, the well-known UK based 3D printing consultancy company, there are few IP issues into Sculpteo gallery or on the marketplaces of other 3D printing services. They made an analysis on 17 different websites and browsed more than 366,000 files, uploaded by 98,500 users! They have highlighted that the most popular and seen content is original and creative, not a copy of well-known brands and product.

A statistic proof that 3D printing is enabling a new economy and not a copy of the existing mass-manufactured items. We are happy to make this revolution happen with you and protect your creations!



D3 Disrupt Dixon’s Design in 3D

We are happy to announce you  a new collaboration with Tom Dixon, Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes at the Milan Furniture Fair.

This is the first open design competition based on a modular concept. Tom Dixon will give participants access to the design files of new products, and challenge them to reconfigure and remix into different functional objects.

Tom Dixon 3D Printed Part 07

The winning entry, chosen by a jury including Tom Dixon will receive an iPad, and we will 3D print and assembly his concept, and featured it at Maison & Objet trade show in Paris, September edition.


If you are in Milano for a few days, don’t hesistate to visit us in Most Salone. We will be printing Tom Dixon’s part on Mojos Printers all week long and showing some of our favorite 3D models.


If you want to join the competition, you’ll find all the details at

Creating adaptaters for old ipod docks thanks to 3D printing

The Sculpteo team launches an universal dock adaptor for iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5 uses a different connector than all previous Apple phones models. Your favourite dock is now useless…. Really? 3D printing is changing the game. You can now 3D print your own dock at Sculpteo to support and protect your Apple Lightning cable. Simply add our 3D printed piece to your dock and transform your old adaptor into a brand new one.

screen-shot-2013-03-15-at-9-42-48-amThe iPhone 5 dock adaptor is 3D printed on-demand at Sculpteo and ship to you in only 48hours. It is fully custom, which means that you can change the color, add your text… Make it your own.

3D printing is a life-changing technology for manufacturing repairing and extra pieces to your everyday objects.

For Clement Moreau, CEO of Sculpteo, told us:

“This  3D printed iPhone dock is a demonstration of the power of online 3D printing.

This project shows that we are entering in a new Industrial age where missing pieces can be produced on-demand and make our objects live much longer.”

Get the Apple Lightning cable, 3D print your dock at Sculpteo, and plug your iPhone 5 !

And Made in 3D Design Contest Winners Are…

Made in 3D, the 3D design challenge organized in partnership between Dassault Systèmes and Sculpteo, in now over.

Here are the results:

Aude Massoni is the Grand Prize Winner with her Physalis Jewelry


Petar KOSTOV wins the Runner Up Prize with his Butterfly-inspired Ear Cuffs


Beru ICHIKAWA and his anti-mosquito lamp gets the 2nd Runner Up Prize


Thanks to all of you who shared the story behind their design and show the different steps of their creative process. It really made a difference for getting the attention of other members of the 3DVIA community, which is very important as the winners are the ones who get the most likes.

Each design is different. It carries a bit (or a lot) of your personality and vision. That’s one of the reason why we like to feature your stores and designs so that you can share your story and present your objects in a very personal way.

Thanks a lot to all the participants to this 3D design contest. We are now processing the prizes and preparing the 3D prints of the 3 winning designs.

See you soon for the next one!

Beautiful 3D Printed Model Created by ENSAD Architecture Students

ENSAD (Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs) Paris showed off a beautiful 3D printed model – called 173124345 octets – created by 7 architecture students from the school: Claire Andrieu, Nina Couvert, Marie Damiens, Quentin Delépine, Elisa Fichet, Lise Moutard, Marylis Rousselot. The model has been 3D printed at Sculpteo.


It is part of GEANT, an exhibition organized by the Student’s Office of ENSAD Paris. Model’s dimensions are 30x30x40cm (12x12x15 inch). It is made of our White Plastic and features many impressive details. The model comes with magnifying glasses that allows the visitor to look at the art piece’s multiple details.