As far as I know, there has been steps that the original designer is taking to stop the patent from being approved or just trying to make Makerbot change the patent. I am just trying to get the word out about what Makerbot is doing.
They are in contact with Electronic Frontier Foundation. There has also been alot a people collecting proof of prior art. Especially the blog that Makerbot posted on their own site about the design. All snapshots have made and most of the people who are involved and are wanting to help are submitting their proof to the USPTO by way of their electronic filing system. There is a step by step guide here.
My main reason for posting here is to get the word out about how Makerbot is treating the open source community. I know there are several members here that have 3D printers and are members of Thingiverse.
I have seen another member post this in a thread I read, but just now got this message when uploading a 102KB JPG image. After I got past the message, it had deleted 3 paragraphs I wrote to help a member. This is frustrating..
I will say that I used Fritzing before I used Eagle and after I found out the hard way that Fritzing was useless, I learned the basics of Eagle in a couple of days. After a week I had a PCB made from it. Trust us when we say that you are better off learning a real tool. Going from Fritzing to Eagle was hard. Learn Eagle first (or any CAD software).
If you have any questions about how to do something in Eagle, there are a lot of us that are proficient at it. Just post in the PCB design forum.
No I haven't actually. I did email Laen and he said to send him the image which I did. But nothing further came from it. I know that I ordered a board with logos on it and came back fine. It might be just their rendering on the site is bugged. But try it at your own risk..