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Incredible New 3D Printing Technique Looks Like Sci-Fi

 

 

 

 

 

” A new innovation by Carbon3D, unveiled Monday at the TED2015 conference, could finally move 3D printing out of the hobby shop and onto every factory floor.

  Imagine you’re in an emergency room with a blood vessel blockage. To save your life, a surgeon will first insert a tube, and carefully guide it through the clog. Then she might insert a stent, a piece metal or fabric mesh, to keep the vessel open. But that piece of hardware isn’t made to fit your body. Carbon3D can make one that does.

” The idea that you could produce a biodegradable stent that takes in your own anatomy and the tributaries of your blood vessels while you’re on the catheter table in an emergency room — that’s an amazing new future that is now in reach,” said Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-founder of Carbon3D and a chemistry professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

  It all started in Japan with a tiny house that took 4.5 hours to build. It was made of plastic and measured 2.5 inches across and 2 inches high and had “partitions, furniture, and stairs.” It was one of the first 3D printed items to ever exist. That was 1981.”

 

 

 

   Popular Mechanics brings the news of revolution in the micro-printing area of additive manufacturing while from the more macro side of the technology comes news of cheap 3D printed homes for the third world

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Back in July, the WASPProject unveiled to us their plans to 3D print homes in 3rd world countries using nothing but a 3D printer and clay made from native soil. The idea is a tremendous one, one which could be extraordinarily groundbreaking when it comes to creating shelter for poverty stricken nations.”

 

 

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” Clay is abundant, and these 3D printers are quite affordable compared to other machines on the market. Providing a single 3D printer to small communities where there is little to no structurally sound housing, could provide for a solution to one of the world’s biggest problems.  The fabrication of multiple homes in a short amount of time, is exactly what WASP is hoping to accomplish.”

 

 

Read all about the WASPProject here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s First 3D-Printed Apartment Building Constructed In China

 

 

 

” While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent.

  Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy of its technology — with a five-story apartment building and a 1,100 square metre (11,840 square foot) villa, complete with decorative elements inside and out, on display at Suzhou Industrial Park.

  The 3D printer array, developed by Ma Yihe, who has been inventing 3D printers for over a decade, stands 6.6 metres high, 10 metres wide and 40 metres long (20 by 33 by 132 feet). This fabricates the parts in large pieces at WinSun’s facility. The structures are then assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.”

 

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Makerbot Is Letting You 3D Print With Metal, Limestone, And Wood

 

 

 

 

” Makerbot—perhaps the most consumer-friendly of 3D printer manufacturers—is about to go a long way toward turning the tech into something consumers can actually use. Starting late this year, MakerBot is going to let you 3D print with a range of new materials, including composites of limestone, iron, and wood.

  The new PLA filaments are made with composites of the actual material they’re meant to replicate, meaning that what you 3D print doesn’t have to just be a plastic model of what you want. It’s going to look—and feel—a hell of a lot more like the object it’s imitating.”

 

More at Gizmodo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World Just Got A New, Entirely 3D-Printed Metal Gun

 

 

 

” Just under a year ago, Solid Concepts gave the world its very first look at what a 3D-printed metal gun could do. And to everyone’s surprise, the thing actually worked. Now, the metal 3D-printing firm have put out the 1911’s fancier successor—complete with Declaration of Independence inscription and all.”

” The original 1911 made waves when Solid Concepts released a video in which they successfully fired the pet project over 50 times. And this newest offering, dubbed the Reason, looks a hell of a lot more solid.”

   Here is a video from Solid Concepts that explains the manufacturing process used in the fabrication of the “Reason” and a wide array of other goods:

” More than anything, the added detail and inscriptions are a testament to how far the company’s sintering tech has come. Using a technique called direct metal laser sintering, Solid Concepts is able to 3D print the gun by melting metal powder with a laser. In other words, these things take far more know-how than the plastic versions that came before them. “

   … and here is a video of the predecessor of the “Reason” , Solid Concept’s , and the world’s , first all-metal 3D printed gun , the DMLS 1911 being test fired .

Read more at Gizmodo and here , here and here . Bring it on .

Local Motors Will 3D-Print A Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Local Motors, purveyor of the excellent Rally Fighter that TG had a go in a few years back, is in the process of making the world’s first full-sized, driveable car using parts made almost entirely using 3D-printing technology. Yes, ladies and gents, it seems the future is truly upon us.

  The car will be called the ‘Strati’ and is being printed and assembled by Local Motors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which is currently being held in Chicago.

  As the printers spray out each individual piece of the car, a team of ‘rapid assembly’ engineers will then put the individual pieces into place. Local Motors claims that the ‘Strati’ will only have 40 parts – as opposed to the average 2,000 parts found in most vehicles – and will take 44 hours to print. Then, on the final day of the IMTS it hopes to drive its creation off the show floor. “

 

 

From Local Motors press release:

 

” Chicago, IL. (September 8, 2014) – History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13.

  Called the Strati, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Mechanical components, like battery, motor, wiring, and suspension are sourced from a variety of suppliers, including Renault’s Twizy, a line of electric powered city cars.

“ The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

  The innovative and bold vehicle uses the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “

 

 

 

 

Top Gear has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorewood Man Builds Concrete Castle With Homemade 3D Printer

 

 

 

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” You’ve heard the saying that a man’s home is his castle. In Shorewood, there’s one man who has taken that to the extreme.

  When Andrey Rudenko couldn’t find a tree large enough to construct a fort, he took to building a 3D printer. But it’s what he did with the printer that is truly something to behold.“It was my dream to build someday castle,” Rudenko said.

   He is a contractor by trade, with a passion for computers and architecture. But he also has quite a mind for invention. “

 

 

CBS Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. ”

 

 

Continued at Hackaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D Printed Ruger Pistol Demonstration By Buck O’ Fama

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An experimenter under the nom de plume of Buck O’ Fama has printed the receiver for the popular Ruger Charger pistol, and assembled a working pistol with it.   The video shows the test fire of the gun, which appears to work well.    It has always been legal to make your own firearms in the United States, if they are not prohibited weapons.   Pistols such as the Ruger have been ruled to be protected under the Second Amendment to the Constitution.   At the end of the video, the experimenter notes: “If you take my gun, I will just print another one
   The video was posted on July 4th, Independence Day, from somewhere in the State of Nevada.   It is interesting that in spite of the fact that the poster did nothing illegal, they felt compelled to disguise their voice.”
     The truly disturbing thing about this video is the poll that was included on LiveLeak asking if people should have the right to create their own firearm with 3D printing . I guess that LiveLeak is no different than a lot of the social media sites in that there is a ‘leftist” tilt to the users , anyway here is a screenshot of the poll (now closed) results .
3D Printing Guns Poll
Read more at Gun Watch Blog

This Top Turns See-Through If You Leave Personal Data Exposed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Brooklyn-based designer has created a 3D-printed sculptural boob tube to spark social commentary on the state of privacy in a data-driven world — by making the top gradually more sheer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” X.pose’s striking black webbed rubber structure was engineered using a Stratasys printer, moulded to the body to ensure comfort and very much inspired by creator Xuedi Chen’s previous work, Invasive Growth (moss-grown jewellery based on the parasitic cordyceps fungus). But underneath, its layers tell another story about our lack of control and veritable vulnerability when it comes to who uses our data, what for and how much they take.”

 

 

The artist describes her creation thusly …

 

 

” x.pose is a wearable data-driven sculpture that exposes a person’s skin as a real-time reflection of the data that the wearer is producing. In the physical realm we can deliberately control which portions our bodies are exposed to the world by covering it with clothing. In the digital realm, we have much less control of what personal aspects we share with the services that connect us. In the digital realm we are naked and vulnerable. “

 

 

Wired UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made To Order

 

” With all that we’ve read on new applications for 3D printing in medicine, it can be a challenge to know which breakthroughs are really worth noting. To sift through the noise, we chatted with physician and entrepreneur Dr. Daniel Kraft (who chairs the annual Exponential Medicine conference) about the state of 3D printing. Below is a round-up covering his views on the latest and greatest advances in 3D printing and their applications for healthcare: “

 

 

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Check Out This 3D-Printable Bullpup For AR-Pattern Uppers

 

 

 

 

” WarFairy, the same designer that developed the Charon series of 3D-printable AR-15 lower receivers, has developed a new 3D-printable lower receiver. The lower stands out in a big way: it’s a bullpup design for use with bufferless uppers.

  While there aren’t many upper receivers that don’t require a buffer assembly to function, there are a few out there including rimfire uppers and the Faxon ARAK-21, a non-standard centerfire upper that uses a gas piston system.

  WarFairy calls this the Hanuman series, and Hanuman is important because it showcases how 3D printing can be used to innovate and develop new firearm designs easily, affordably and quickly.

  Like the Charon, the Hanuman is designed to be printed in sections and assembled and cemented together to complete the lower. WarFairy’s receivers are made in small sections to accommodate smaller hobbyist 3D printers. The Hanuman is designed to be printed with ABS plastic.”

 

Read more at Guns.com and see more at the original Imgur post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How 3-D Printed Guns Evolved Into Serious Weapons In Just One Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A burgeoning subculture of 3-D printed gun enthusiasts dreams of the day when a lethal firearm can be downloaded or copied by anyone, anywhere, as easily as a pirated episode of Game of Thrones. But the 27-year-old Japanese man arrested last week for allegedly owning illegal 3-D printed firearms did more than simply download and print other enthusiasts’ designs. He appears to have created some of his own.

  Among the half-dozen plastic guns seized from Yoshitomo Imura’s home in Kawasaki was a revolver designed to fire six .38-caliber bullets–five more than the Liberator printed pistol that inspired Imura’s experiments. He called it the ZigZag, after its ratcheted barrel modeled on the German Mauser Zig-Zag. In a video he posted online six months ago, Imura assembles the handgun from plastic 3-D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.

“ Freedom of armaments to all people!!” he writes in the video’s description. “A gun makes power equal!!”

  It’s been a full year since I watched the radical libertarian group Defense Distributed test fire the Liberator, the first fully printable gun, for the first time. Imura is one of a growing number of digital gunsmiths who saw the potential of that controversial breakthrough and have strived to improve upon the Liberator’s clunky, single-shot design. Motivated by a mix of libertarianism, gun rights advocacy and open-source experimentation, their innovations include rifles, derringers, multi-round handguns and the components needed to assemble semi-automatic weapons. Dozens of other designs are waiting to be tested.

  The result of all this tinkering may be the first advancements that significantly move 3-D printed firearms from the realm of science fiction to practical weapons.”

 

    Wired has a history of the past year’s 3D firearms development that is sure to get the State’s panties in a wad . As we’ve said before , The genie never returns to the bottle .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University Official Arrested For Possession Of 3D Printed Gun

Claims ‘A Gun Makes Power Equal’

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It’s just a matter of time before it becomes commonplace to hear of people being arrested for the possession of 3D printed guns. They exist, and the designs to produce them can be found on the internet, in many locations, free of charge.

  Just today, 27 year old Yoshitomo Imura, was arrested in the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan for possession of 5 3D printed firearms. Two of these firearms had the ability to be loaded with live metal ammunition, and fired, thus making them lethal. Police also recovered a 3D printer from Imura’s home, which is believed to have been used to produce these weapons.”

 

 

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” Police became suspicious, after they discovered that Imura had posted videos of himself firing this gun (Zig-Zag Revolver). An investigation pursued, culminating in his arrest yesterday. One of the posts made by Imura on the video website where his guns are shown being fired said, “The right person should survive even if weak. A gun makes power equal!” “

 

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3D Printed Cast Speeds Bone Recovery Using Ultrasound

 

 

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” A new prototype brings together 3D printing, room to breathe and ultrasound pulses to create a cast that is not only comfortable and stylish to wear but is expected to speed healing relative to existing options.
 
  In a move that is less The Singing Bone or Singing Bones than Singing to the Bones designer Deniz Karasahin has adopted the idea of using Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound, (LIPUS) to speed bone regrowth. Pulses of sound waves too high frequency to hear have been shown to increase the incorporation of calcium ions in cultures of cartilage and bone cells, as well as increasing the expression of genes known to assist in healing
 
  However, despite success in vitro and promising results from clinical studies LIPUS has not been widely adopted, partly because the measured benefit has varied across trials, in some cases appearing too small to justify the effort.
 
  Where LIPUS currently involves a daily session at a medical clinic, Deniz Karasahin added a portable ultrasound generator to the cast. “For single 20 minute daily sessions this system promises to reduce the healing process up to 38% and increase the heal rate up to 80% in non-union fractures,” he has claimed, using figures from the top of the ranges produced in trials of LIPUS without changing cast technology.”
I F***ing Love Science has more on this groundbreaking marriage of two prominent technologies

 

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” DBLG’s in-house studio projects are a platform for us to experiment with creative ideas and above all have fun. For this project we wanted to explore and combine 3d animation, 3D printing with stop frame animation.”

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   ” Massive thanks for Blue Zoo for the character animation blue-zoo.co.uk and Resonate resonatemusic.co.uk for the audio mix and sound design.”

HT/The Verge

New 3D Printer By MarkForged Can Print With Carbon Fiber

 

 

 

” Gregory Mark co-owns Aeromotions, which builds computer-controlled racecar wings. To make those wings both strong and lightweight, they use carbon fiber. No surprise there—it’s the material of choice for many advanced motorsports parts. The problem is that making custom racecar parts out of carbon fiber is daunting. The only real method available is CNC machining, an expensive and difficult process that requires laying pieces by hand. ”  

 


 

” To improve the process, Mark looked to 3D printing. But nothing on the market could print the material, and no available materials could print pieces strong enough for his purposes. So Mark devised his own solution: the MarkForged Mark One, the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer. 

  Mark debuted his Boston area-based startup MarkForged at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego with a working prototype. The Mark One can print in carbon fiber, fiberglass, nylon and PLA (a thermoplastic). “

Popular Mechanics has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D-Printed 75-Round Drum Mags: Meet The ‘Israel’ And The ‘Yee’

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This is the “Israel.” It is a 75-round drum magazine for .223 Remington/5.56 NATO AR-15 rifles. It is shown here installed into a Charon 3D-printed lower receiver.”

 

 

 

   The “Israel” is for AR’s and the “Yee” is for AK’s and they are named after anti-gun pols Steve Israel and Leland Yee . See more at Guns.com .

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Sci-Fi Future Is Nigh: Dad Builds Son 3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand For $10

 

 

 

” Shirking $30,000 in medical fees for a traditional prosthetic hand, videographer Paul McCarthy built a multi-colored “Robohand” for his twelve-year-old son using a friend’s 3-D printer. McCarthy says he spent, “Five, maybe, ten bucks.”

The boy, 12-year-old Leon McCarthy, was born without fingers on his left hand. Once he turned ten, Paul started searching for an inexpensive and functional prosthetic alternative.

What he found changed his son’s life. AYouTube video by Washington-based special effects artist and puppeteer, Ivan Owen, shows the results of the artist’s collaborative effort to build a Robohand for a disabled boy in South Africa. Like McCarthy, Owen was not an engineer, computer scientist, or doctor. However, he was passionate about helping to develop affordable, DIY prosthetics. In an interview with CBS News, Owen said:

I’ve always had this vision of people being able to build their own prosthetic device at home.

To help him accomplish this goal, MakerBot, a firm that produces 3-D printing equipment, offered Owen and his South African design partner, Richard Van As, free printers. From there, Owen and Van As honed the Robohand and posted the design and instructions for free download on Thingiverse, a website for sharing digital designs.”

 

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World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun Created And Shot Successfully

 

 

” In what is the first of its kind, Solid Concepts has developed an all metal, 3D printed handgun. The gun is based off of the popular 1911 frame and has already had 50 successful rounds ran through it and hit bullseye from 30 yards away.

The gun is composed of 30+ 3D Printed components with 17-4 Stainless Steel and Inconel 625 materials.”

 

Read more at Free Patriot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World’s First 3D Printed BULLETS? FAIL?

 

 

 

3-D Printing Goes From Sci-Fi Fantasy To Reality

 

 

”  Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

Once a science-fiction fantasy, three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere from the desks of home hobbyists to Air Force drone research centers. The machines, generally the size of a microwave oven and costing $400 to more than $500,000, extrude layer upon layer of plastics or other materials, including metal, to create 3-D objects with moving parts.

Users are able to make just about anything they like: iPad stands, guitars, jewelry, even guns. But experts warn this cool innovation could soon turn controversial — because of safety concerns but also the potential for the technology to alter economies that rely on manufacturing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CNC Killed The Gun Control Star

 

 

 

” You may have noticed my complete lack of posting about Cody Wilson and his printed gun technology. The reason for that is simple: it’s a gimmick. Sure, printed guns can work, but the question is inevitably “how long?” When it comes to the catastrophic failure of the thermoplastics used in the construction of the barrels and firing chambers, it isn’t a matter of “if,” but “when.”

As a practical matter, with current and near-term technologies, plastic guns are a loser.

That said, some of the emerging technologies that make plastic guns feasible are viable for metalwork as well, and machines like the crowd-funded Othermill means that CNC metalworking machines will soon be  in the hands of people for a fraction of the cost of the plastic printing machines.”

 

 

 

    The other day we posted an article on how the advent of 3D printing was striking fear in heart of the State , and possible ways that they might attempt to regain control . One of the ways  was through the control of the specialized materials required to make use of the “additive manufacturing” technology . 

    Today we happened upon an article by Bob Owens that makes it even less likely that the government can control the home manufacture of firearms and thus maintain some semblance of “gun control”. Welcome to the world of home CNC machining . No need of hard to get or potentially” regulated” additives with CNC . Commonly available raw metals will do the trick .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Op-Ed: 3-D Printed Guns Will Literally Blow Up

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” If you still think gun control isn’t a problem, it’s about to get a whole lot worse. As 3D-printed gun blueprints continue to circulate, they will cause more harm than good.

Back in 2012, a Texan student, Cody Wilson, developed a gun designed to be built with a 3D printer. The full story can be viewed over at the Sydney Morning Herald. In order to conform with US firearm laws, an inch large chunk of steal was inserted to make it detectable for meta detectors.

It took 16 parts and 27 hours for the NSW police to make a gun. While the gun did fire and generated an enormous stopping power for what it’s worth, there are drawbacks which Homeland Security and various regional police units are emphasizing.

Seen through a demonstration video by released by the NSW police, the 3D printed gun blew up after a shot, which can cause bodily harm to both the victim as well as the shooter. Scraps of plastic flew everywhere as the gun was fired, and it can be views from the attached video.”

    We think there are some problems with this video , or rather the events that it depicts .  It is certainly very easy for the authorities to produce these kinds of videos showing the inherent “dangers” of making your own firearm by using plastics that are known to be unable to withstand the pressures involved in detonating a center-fire pistol cartridge .

    There are different grades of plastic available for all types of manufacturing today and that goes for 3D printing as well as any other. Having experience as  professional fireworks technicians we can say that there are plastics that are safe to use as launch tubes and there are others that are not . That goes for metals as well as plastics .   

    While we’ve no doubt of the veracity of the video and the New South Wales experiment in 3D gun construction , the fact is that Mr Wilson has created one that does fire safely.

    There can be no doubt either , that the whole concept of 3D printing and the loss of control that it represents to the State has the authorities quaking in their boots , as well it should . However , the fact remains that the “Additive Manufacturing” horse has fled the barn never to be re-stalled .

      Furthermore , the emphasis placed on the choice of plastic as a construction medium is of minimal importance to the whole “make it yourself” issue . Very few people have a desire for an undetectable firearm , especially when the authorities are certainly capable of detecting the cartridges and projectiles , without which the “plastic” gun is useless 

    What the State should truly fear from 3D printing is the fact that it works with metals as well . That means that with the proper printer , freely available CAD drawings and materials anyone will very soon be able to print up their very own , un-numbered , untraceable , fully functional 1911 or AR-15 … Chew on that …

  There-in lies the rub . What mode of Statist intervention are they going to try in a ham-fisted attempt at stuffing the 3D genie back in the bottle ? They’ll never be able to stop the flow of digital file sharing … the drawings , CAD files and how-to information freely available via the internet , that much is a certainty . Of course that doesn’t mean the idiots won’t try , but that effort is doomed to failure .

    No , the only real hope they have of smothering this technology in it’s cradle is through the control of either the printers themselves , or the materials using in the layering process itself . But again , the task that the State faces even attempting to tackle the issue from the supply side is daunting . You have doubts , you say ?The State will be able to control the sale of printers and additives you say ? 

   If you believe that allow us to put this in a different perspective … just think of the printers as guns and the additives as drugs . Need we say more ? We don’t know about where you live , but in most parts of the country  it would take all of an hour on the street to be able to come up with just about anything in the gun/drug department anyone could desire .

     We have been following Mr Wilson and this emerging technology for some time now and have posted many items on this fascinating topic . In fact we feel that the combination of the internet and the coming 3D home manufacturing revolution sound the death-knell for the State as we know it … One can hope anyway . To that end we offer a collection of links from past articles that we have posted on the future as seen in 3D … 

Introducing Defense Distributor’s “Cuomo” AR Mag … DIY … With 3D Printing

“3D Printing Brings the Science Lab to Your Backyard”

3D Printing = The End of Gun Control

3D Gun Fires 600 Rounds – Legally*

The Battle Lines Are Drawn – Technology vs The State

Daily Video 4.23.13

Cody Wilson On The Angel Clark Show Talking 3-D Printable Guns

The Genie NEVER Goes Back In The Bottle

Time To Ban Printers

Daily Video 1.21.13

Well , Duh …

Bring It On

HaveBlue’s Creation

A Sit-Down With Cody Wilson Of Defense Distributed

Does Technology Doom The Gun Control Movement ?

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3D Printing Is Way Scarier Than Plastic Guns

 

 

 

 

 

” Ever the publicity hound, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who obviously has no idea what additive manufacturing actually is, came out big and strong against “stomach-churning” 3D printed plastic guns last week.

This naive, sensationalist rant so misunderstands the issue, I almost don’t know where to start.  He goes on to inform the public that because these guns are made of plastic, they are undetectable, so he must introduce legislation that will make it illegal to possess an undetectable or an untraceable weapon.  This is like putting a “Band-Aid on a heart attack.”  Sen. Schumer simply doesn’t understand what he is dealing with.  In fact, most of us don’t.

Now that you know what a 3D printer is, you must also understand that 3D printers are not limited to printing in plastic.  There are 3D printers that print in wood (a mixture of wood particles and binding agent that dries as wood) ceramic, carbon fiber, bronze, iron, steel, cellulose, human tissue (certain body parts for human transplant are grown using 3D printed frameworks) … there are limitations to the range of additive manufacturing materials, but the technology is evolving rapidly.

As for guns … CAD/CAM files (the computer files that 3D printers transform into physical objects one layer at a time) for the .45 caliber M1911 or the 1911A-1 single-action, semi-automatic pistol have been online for years.  In fact, you can find all kinds of CAD/CAMs for all kinds of gun parts, bomb parts, bazooka parts, rocket launcher parts and other deadly weapons online.  These are computer files, like songs or movies or documents or images, they cannot be protected or digitally rights managed (DRM) any better than the entertainment industry has done with its intellectual property.  A file is a file is a file, if someone wants to copy it – it will be copied.  You can’t tell what the file contains unless you open it and, most importantly, there is no way to ban or prohibit the transfer of files.  In this case, the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube, the ship has sailed – the files are out there.

Plastic guns?  Seriously.  How about guns printed in steel, guns printed in carbon fiber, guns printed in, you name it – there’s a 3D printer that can print in the medium.  In a world of 3D printers, there is no such thing as gun control – people who are so inclined will print all the guns and ammo they need – untraceable, no serial numbers, no markings about point of origin, no trade marks, nothing! “

 

 

HT/Instapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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