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Thingitag

by whosawhatsis, published

Thingitag by whosawhatsis Apr 30, 2011

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Description

I was showing off some of my designs at a recent Makerbot user group meeting, and I wished I had tags for them with QR codes and some other relevant data. This bookmarklet will generate such tags.

Note: I initially set the license to CC-BY for the example picture because the CC licenses look a little nicer on the tags, but I've changed the license to PD, so feel free to use it however you want.

Update: Some errors were reported with the DOM walking, so I rewrote those portions to use Regex instead. This should improve compatibility.

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One potential improvement over the built-in version would be to rotate the top tag 180 degrees, so that both sides would be right-side-up when used as a small folded placard.

No biggie, was joking! Anyhow very nice idea & implementation -- to bad Stratasys seems to have forgotten to click the "Print tag" button lately ;) Your bukito just rules btw!

I set it to CC-BY for the picture because it generated a better image than PD. In the meantime, one of my edits + thingiverse dicking around with stuff must have reset it back to CC-BY. It's fixed now, set to PD as it's supposed to be.

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License

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag. Print Thing Tag

Instructions

Thingitag is now integrated into thingiverse. You can get it by clicking the "print tag" button below the license statement on any Thing page. No more dealing with cross-browser scripting headaches and rewriting every time the thingiverse design is tweaked!

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Old instructions:

Navigate to the page for the Thing you want to tag, then run the script. It will grab the relevant data and format it for tag printing. I haven't done extensive testing, but it should work in all standards-compliant browsers (old versions of IE might have a problem).

Print the tag, cut it out and fold it over. Fold the end over into a triangle (for strength), then punch a hole and attach with string to the printed thing.

Note: Thingiverse won't let me post a javascript link (this would be a security issue), and the text gets a little mangled if I post it here. To get the script, download the .js file, copy the contents and paste it into your address bar or create a bookmark using the full script as the URL.

Update: for those still having trouble, you can get bookmarkable links for Thingitag and Thingitag Jr. at whosawhatsis.com/paraphernalia/thingitag.html

Update: I fixed these for the new Thingiverse design AGAIN, and I'm getting sick of it. It works, but I've only tested it in Chrome. If your browser of choice doesn't work, use Chrome instead.

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spencer on Sep 23, 2013 said:

One potential improvement over the built-in version would be to rotate the top tag 180 degrees, so that both sides would be right-side-up when used as a small folded placard.

MoonCactus on Jul 5, 2013 said:

Lol, your Thingitag itself is "Attribution - Creative Commons license", so we all need to remember to give you credit for the label itself ! :-D

whosawhatsis on Jul 5, 2013 said:

I set it to CC-BY for the picture because it generated a better image than PD. In the meantime, one of my edits + thingiverse dicking around with stuff must have reset it back to CC-BY. It's fixed now, set to PD as it's supposed to be.

Bumblecat on Jun 19, 2013 said:

You can also print a 3D plaque with Creative Commons licensing information with the Customizable 3D Thingitag: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Dizingof on Jun 19, 2013 said:

3D Printed Copyright Infringement is Still Copyright Infringement:
http://publicknowledge.org/nod...

gmo00777 on Jun 24, 2013 said:

The question of Infringement I think is further complicated because how is it determined who is infringing who?

What I mean is that a 3D model that is based on an existing work of art may have more complications determining who infringed on who. If the 3D model is a unique and sole creation of the 3D modeler/artist then that artist has the Copyright and others infringe on that person.

On the other hand if a 3D model (3D printable) is based on another 3D or 2D work of art with changes only to the way it is made (replica or likeness) then who is infringed on when copies of the 3D printable items are made?

IMO 3D printable items that show "likeness" (likeness = original work of art can be identified) of another work of art infringes on the original; that is if the original is copyright protected.

Replicas are straightforward but what copyright protections can be assigned to works that show likeness to an original? Are these these "like" items unique and a work of art by themselves?

It's complicated...

Charles_Xavier on Jun 18, 2013 said:

If 3D Systems/Stratasys had been using this, Dizingof's models would still be available!

gmo00777 on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Maybe someone beat me to it but why not 3D print a Dual extrusion QR Tag?

Just for the novelty of it and would be longer lasting than the paper tag.

bvac on Jun 17, 2013 said:

It would be cool if people printed out a whole stack of tags to hand out at makerfaires et c. so people could go home, scan the tag, and download the model. Kind of like a business card. For Things.

CarryTheWhat on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Haha awesome!! Way to go makerbot, we've been doing this manually for like over a year -- huge time saver. Thanks!

vinnie90 on Jun 17, 2013 said:

....I dont want to seem dumb...

I still dont know what this is for, can anyone help me on that?

creuzerm on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Many of the models here are released under the Creative Common's 'Attribution' license. Which means, if you print it, and give the print to somebody else, the license says you are to attribute the print to the original creator.

This thing is an easy way of doing this.

rhmorrison on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Super!
Have been waiting for the "Print tag!" button for a long time...

i-make-robots on Jun 17, 2013 said:

Speaking of bugs... "This thing was Featured on 2:19 am"

RossRobotics on Jun 16, 2013 said:

It looks like they added your script to their site. Every Thing has a "Give a Shout Out" to the right under the License. Click the button and a tag image opens in a new tab.

Sweet!

Conseils on Jun 16, 2013 said:

Hi - neat idea - Nice use of script...

Unfortunately seen the brief label then message [object HTMLDivElement].

Did not see a 2D matrix code if that helps any. Label border was drawn. Managed to capture the screen so am sure on this.
Issue today 16 June 2013 14:46 BST

Firefox 21.0 - Windows XP SP3 - Fully patched.

whosawhatsis on Jun 16, 2013 said:

Just use the "print tag" button on the right side of the page, under the license statement.

bkubicek on Jun 16, 2013 said:

at http://kariert.org/ you will find the metalab labelz creator. Its for a labeling the various bits and pieces in a hackerspace. Used since 3 years. Its a bit similar.

toybuilder on Jun 16, 2013 said:

Congrats on the feature! It was one of the things that I remember most vividly of the first time we met at Crashspace!

CarryTheWhat on May 25, 2012 said:

Is this still working? I would love to use it, but I can't get it to do anything. I have tried on 5 different browsers on several operating systems; but the bookmarklet just does nothing. Is it saving it somewhere? What am I missing?

whosawhatsis on May 25, 2012 said:

I rewrote it for the new thingiverse design, but I guess I never got around to pushing out the update. The version that is at http://whosawhatsis.com/paraph... now works.

bbriggstkd on Sep 18, 2011 said:

I can't get any of the methods listed here to work. I get [object] from IE 8. The bookmark pages from whosawhatsis don't work either.

rhmorrison on Jul 13, 2011 said:

I see the tag for a fraction of a second and THEN "[object HTMLDivElement]".

ThingiTagJr works though...

rhmorrison on Jul 14, 2011 said:

It also has the same problem with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome works though!

beak90 on May 17, 2011 said:

Awesome! Now I can bring my designs with me to Makerfaire!

beak90 on May 17, 2011 said:

Oh by the way, this didn't work for me in Firefox 3.6.8. It gave me the error [object HTMLDivElement]. It works in Safari though.

whosawhatsis on May 2, 2011 said:

Update: for those still having trouble, you can get bookmarkable links for Thingitag and Thingitag Jr. at http://whosawhatsis.com/paraph...

bre on May 1, 2011 said:

Awesome! Nice design!

lemio on May 1, 2011 said:

This must be integrated in Thingiverse, because it is a really good connection between the physical and the digital

TeamTeamUSA on May 1, 2011 said:

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themitch22 on May 1, 2011 said:

This is excellent for when I do demo's of the makerbot and it's parts. It ties the physical prints with their digital origin. This is a great idea. Thanks!

charlespax on May 1, 2011 said:

Thingiverse should have an integrated tag generator.

whosawhatsis on May 1, 2011 said:

Yeah, it could be done much better without the constraints of trying to parse the data out of the page in a single line of javascript.

Anonymous on May 1, 2011 said:

Awesome idea!! Time to go tag all of the hackerspaces demo shelf items :D

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