n. A digital file containing instructions that enable a 3D printer to create a physical object.
Physibles are 3D printer plans for duplicating physical objects. This is a fascinating insight and early glimpse into the post-scarcity economy. This is a landmark event marking the transition of post-scarcity from the online world leaking into the physical world.
—MstrLance, “Physibles and post-scarcity economy,” LinkSwarm, January 28, 2012
A "physible" is a digital plan for an object that can either be designed on a computer or uploaded with a 3D scanner. Those plans can be downloaded and used to assemble real, tangible objects using a 3D printer. Printers are getting more affordable, but they're still limited by the kinds of materials they can use.
—Jon Mitchell, “Forget MP3s: Soon You'll Download Your Sneakers From The Pirate Bay,” ReadWriteWeb, January 24, 2012
2012 (earliest)
We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles.
—WinstonQ2038, “Evolution: New category.,” The Pirate Bay, January 23, 2012
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