Digital information on a physical tag for a digitally manufactured object. Whew.
Thingiverse user whosawhatsis designed these ingenious tags for 3D printed objects from Thingiverse. The tags combine a QR code that connects to the Thingiverse page for the object with important text information for human readers. There is even a bookmarklet that runs a script to automatically generate these tags from any Thingiverse page.
Besides the obvious cleverness of automatically generated tags, this project represents a way to connect the digital and physical worlds, which I believe is the real power of digital fabrication. Technology like a 3D printer turns a digital file into a physical 3D object, but once the object is finished there isn’t anything to connect that object back to the digital world. These tags are one way to fix that problem.