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  • Authorities Seize 3D Printed Assault Rifle From Two Oregon Felons

    06/29/2015 8:59:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 37 replies
    3DPrint.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Whitney Hipolite
    Today, we learn that two felons in Oregon were arrested and charged with illegally possessing firearms, one of which deputies believe was 3D printed. Nolan DeBell, 42, and Joshua Holloway, 27, were arrested three weeks ago on June 9 when deputies found a large number of illegally-modified and stolen firearms at their house in Chiloquin, Oregon. One of the weapons that was seized was an AR-15 assault rifle, which included a lower receiver that investigators now believe had been 3D printed. The lower receiver is of course a part of the gun that contains the firing mechanism, and is basically...
  • 3-D printing with metals achieved (kinda)

    06/10/2015 1:19:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 06-10-2015 | Provided by University of Twente
    A team of researchers from the University of Twente has found a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. Their work is published on Advanced Materials. 3D printing is a rapidly advancing field, that is sometimes referred to as the 'new cornerstone of the manufacturing industry'. However, at present, 3D printing is mostly limited to plastics. If metals could be used for 3D printing as well, this would open a wide new range of possibilities. Metals conduct electricity...
  • 3D Imura Hybrid Revolver 2.0 printed, Test Firing Soon

    05/12/2015 7:15:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Imura revolver, 2.0 has been designed by that intrepid 3D engineering designer, Wayfairy.   He had to redesign the system, but the prints have been done and the prototype has passed the basic, non-firing function tests.  From 3dprint.com: One particular member of the community, known as ‘Wayfairy,’ has taken a particular interest in the Imura story. In fact he has set out to create a 3D printable gun honoring the incarcerated gun manufacturer, called the ‘Imura Pistol.’ Basically what he has done is take the original .38-caliber Zig-Zag revolver that had led to Imura’s arrest and revised it, making...
  • An Algorithm Set To Revolutionize 3-D Protein Structure Discovery

    04/26/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | April 23, 2015
    One of the great challenges in molecular biology is to determine the three-dimensional structure of large biomolecules such as proteins. But this is a famously difficult and time-consuming task. The standard technique is x-ray crystallography, which involves analyzing the x-ray diffraction pattern from a crystal of the molecule under investigation. That works well for molecules that form crystals easily. But many proteins, perhaps most, do not form crystals easily. And even when they do, they often take on unnatural configurations that do not resemble their natural shape. So finding another reliable way of determining the 3-D structure of large biomolecules...
  • 3D printing is so last year: We're onto 4D printing now

    04/24/2015 10:39:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/24/15
    Another dimension: Professor Marc in het Panhuis and PhD student Shannon Bakarich are building objects using 4-D printing, where time is the fourth dimension. 4D printing is unfolding as technology that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level. The fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong is helping to set the pace in the next revolution in additive manufacturing. Just as the extraordinary capabilities of 3D printing have begun to infiltrate industry and the family home, researchers have started to develop 3D...
  • A Very, Very Good Day': Lakewood Girl Gets New Hand From 3-D Printer

    03/31/2015 4:36:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla.com ^ | Melissa Pamer and Nerissa Knight,
    Faiths left forearm and hand were amputated when she was 9 months old, according to Build It Workspace, where her new limb was printed in 24 hours. It took less than a month to design and plan for the hand, and the final pieces were printed Tuesday morning. The family was put in touch with Build It Workspace President Mark Lengsfeld through the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit devoted to children with different abilities related to their limbs. Lengsfeld authorized full use of the facility to make Faiths hand. Its just an amazing opportunity to be here just to help...
  • Researchers develop revolutionary 3D printing technology

    03/20/2015 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    PHYS.Org ^ | 03-17-2015 | Provided by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    A 3D printing technology developed by Silicon Valley startup, Carbon3D Inc., enables objects to rise from a liquid media continuously rather than being built layer by layer as they have been for the past 25 years, representing a fundamentally new approach to 3D printing. The technology, to appear as the cover article in the March 20 print issue of Science, allows ready-to-use products to be made 25 to 100 times faster than other methods and creates previously unachievable geometries that open opportunities for innovation not only in health care and medicine, but also in other major industries such as automotive...
  • Improvised/Homemade Firearms Have Long Exposed Folly of 'Gun Control' ' (gallery/video)

    03/03/2015 3:03:32 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 March 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Way before 3-D printers were around, gun bans have been circumvented by the slapping-together of crude-yet-effective weapons. Yet another reason 'gun control' will never control anything, except perhaps the innocent citizenry made to be sitting ducks by unjustified obstacles to legitimate firearm ownership/supply. Even if too stoopid to make weapons themselves, all street criminals will surely find a HUGE black market in the wake of any US gun grabs or bans instituted by the vile, lawless Obama regime. The Left loves to preach how'we could never deport 30M Mexicans'... I'd like to hear how they plan tocorral 300M guns. And...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17: A Stereo View from Lunar Orbit

    01/03/2015 6:30:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | January 03, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this awesome stereo view of another world. The scene was recorded by Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan on December 11, 1972, one orbit before descending to land on the Moon. The stereo anaglyph was assembled from two photographs (AS17-147-22465, AS17-147-22466) captured from his vantage point on board the Lunar Module Challenger as he and Dr. Harrison Schmitt flew over Apollo 17's landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The broad, sunlit face of the mountain dubbed South Massif rises near the center of the frame, above the dark floor of Taurus-Littrow...
  • 10 Signs That Give Away the Fact That You Own a 3D Printer (Humor)

    12/04/2014 10:09:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    3D Print.com ^ | 4DEC2014 | EDDIE KRASSENSTEIN
    With the increasing popularity of certain movies, books, video games, and other technologies, comes the increasing awareness of new groups of individuals who relate to each other by a common interest which they share. We see this with Apple iPhone owners, Android smartphone users and the like. We also see this with fans of movies and TV shows; i.e. Star Trek (Trekkies). With the increasing awareness of 3D printing, comes a new group of people who are keen on learning all they can about the futuristic technology, and while they like it or not, they may just be becoming part...
  • Goodbye Gun Control: The $1,200 Machine For 3D-Printing Guns Has Sold Out In 36 Hours

    10/06/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/6/14 | tyker dyrdeb
    Last May, I covered the work of Defense Distributed with regard to its building of tools for individuals to 3D-print their own firearms in the post. Meet The Liberator: The Worlds First Fully 3D-Printed Firearm, In it, I noted: 3D-printing, like decentralized crypto currencies, have the potential to change the world in which we live in extraordinary ways. Ways that are almost inconceivable at this point given we are so early in the game. More than anything else, these technologies can empower the individual like never before, and I think that is generally a very good thing. While all sixteen...
  • 3D Printed Imura Revolver Hybrid Development

    09/16/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An innovative 3D printed hybrid revolver design is being worked on as tribute to 3D printings first martyr, Yoshito Imura. Imura was arrested for 3D printing some plastic, blank firing guns in Japan. The development would fire from the bottom of the cylinder, as did the original blank firing plastic gun. The new design has hybrid features, including steel chamber sleeves and barrel liner. As seen in this computer image of the developing design, the revolver is meant to be double action; that is, one pull of the trigger will rotate the cylinder, cock the striker, and release it,...
  • Revolving Shotgun Concept Suited for 3D Hybrid gun

    07/16/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This homemade revolving shotgun design seems well suited for a 3D printed/hybrid metal version. While the version pictured uses cut off chambers from cast off 12 gauge barrels, the same effect could be accomplished by using sections of the appropriately sized water/gas pipe or tubing. The same tubing/pipe could be used for the barrel. The concept would be that the 3D printed parts would comprise the cylinder into which the chambers would be fitted and glued, and which would have the more difficult mechanical details to revolve the cylinder. Perhaps a modification of the zig-zag revolver design by Yoshitomo...
  • 3D-printing with Nutella is what dreams are made of

    06/27/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT · by null and void · 9 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 06/19/2014 | Breezy Smoak
    3D-printing add-on for printing food [video at source] An added feature for Structure 3D-printing has been developed allowing for Nutella-connoisseurs to fulfill their cravings and wildest chocolate-laden dreams. This add-on will enable 3D-printing of edible paste filaments, specifically useful when adding cool designs to delicious treats. Discov3rys 3D-printer compatible extruder device connects to your printing apparatus and is capable of printing a variety of food like cookie dough, melted chocolate, meringue, fondant, icing, and Nutella. You can also print inedible objects like wood filler, silicone, polyurethane, ceramics, clay, and conductive paint if needed. Working with virtually any 3D-printer, the process...
  • Obama Printed In 3D: Even Better Than the Real Thing

    06/21/2014 8:29:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 26 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-21-2014 | MOTUS
    Another first, from LivingScience: To his list of firsts, Barack Obama can add that he was the first U.S. President to have himself scanned and 3D printed.Obama's 3D-printed bust and mold of his face were on display Wednesday (June 18) at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, a celebration of students and entrepreneurs who are using technology to create new products and businesses, according to the Smithsonian Institution. Unfortunately the 3D version of our first Black President appears to be all white, obviously a racist right wing plot. It did seem to accurately capture his likeness otherwise, right down to...
  • A Harvard Woman Figured Out How To 3D Print Makeup From Any Home Computer, And The Demo Is Mindblow

    05/10/2014 7:26:11 PM PDT · by null and void · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 6, 2014, 12:50 PM | Alyson Shontell
    Grace Choi was at Harvard Business School when she decided to disrupt the beauty industry. "They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free color."color printers are available to everyone, and the ink they have is the same as the ink that makeup companies use in their products. the ink is FDA-approved. This is the Mink printer. It uses regular printer ink. First, find a color you want to print. Use the color picker to copy the hex code of the color you've chosen. paste the hex code into a new document. Print the color just...
  • Popular Mechanics Scores with 3D Gun Article

    04/23/2014 8:10:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Popular Mechanics article shows that it understands technology much better than the New York Times or the Washington Post. This isn't too surprising, given the politics of the the two prominent newspapers, but it was not always so. The Article sums it up nicely: So, should we be afraid to live in a world where anyone can afford the equipment to manufacture a gun in his or her basement? I hope notbecause that's the world we live in now. Guns are comparatively simple devices. In fact, plenty of custom firearms are manufactured today using equipment that wouldn't be...
  • The world's first 3D-printed kayak has been made

    04/01/2014 7:36:24 AM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 03/26/2014 | Breezy Smoak
    video linkA kayak has been 3D-printed. Taking on a similarly colorful appearance tothe storybook character Elmer the Elephant, this kayaks pieces were 3D-printed then assembled. Jim Smith from Grass Roots Engineering has been actualizing, developing, and modifying the design of his large 3D printer since 2008. As an engineer at 3D Systems, Smith was inspired to print out this kayak with a similar design based from Bryan Hansels Siskiwit Bay kayak. The panels for the kayak were printed from the custom build large scale 3D printer that Smith built himself. When the kayak parts started being created, they were heated...
  • Doctor uses printed 3D heart to assist in infant heart surgery

    02/25/2014 8:35:26 AM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 2-25-14 | Bob Yirka
    Louisville Kentucky cardiothoracic surgeon Erle Austin has performed successful heart repair surgery on a 14 month old infant named Roland Lian Cung Bawi heart surgery on such a young patient is not unheard of, of course, what's new is that Austin was able to map out his surgical approach using a nearly exact model of the patients heartit had been printed on a 3D printer. Young Roland had been born with four congenital heart defectsdoctors had known since before he was born that his heart had problems. Fixing them all would prove to be a challenge. When it came...
  • New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture

    02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto
    Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of...
  • 3D Video Luftwaffenmuseum Berlin Gatow (Get Out Your 3D Glasses)

    01/08/2014 1:06:37 AM PST · by lbryce · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 7, 2014 | MarcoD
    Nice collection of 3D Aircraft nearly pointless to watch without the 3D glasses.
  • Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation

    01/05/2014 7:27:08 AM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    96ochiai.ws ^ | 12-31-2013 | Yoichi Ochiai, Takayuki Hoshi and Jun Rekimoto
    The essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes and, so far, this method has been used to levitate lightweight particles, small creatures, and water droplets. The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in these previous studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers. In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and...
  • Extending plastic gun ban just first step?

    12/03/2013 6:02:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2 December, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    Gun rights groups are rallying to try to stop any extension of a federal law to ban undetectable plastic guns, saying that if the House GOP passes something then Senate Democrats will turn it into a broader gun control push. But with the rise of 3-D printers, some lawmakers want to go further. The House bill is better than nothing, but its not good enough. We absolutely must close the loophole that allows anyone to legally make a gun that could be rendered invisible by the easy removal of its metal part, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a New York...
  • On Undetectable Firearms Act Renewal

    12/01/2013 8:12:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Defense Distributed ^ | 1 December, 2013 | NA
    DOJ began a PR push last week to find legislative traction for a set of proposed bills that would criminalize the individual production of rifle receivers and magazines with 3D printers. Sections 4 and 5 of the proposed House bill directly criminalize 3D printed receivers and magazines, and mandate an arbitrary amount of metal be part of their fabrication. Beyond suffering from fatal Due Process and GCA problems, the bills prohibitions are not extended to manufacturers because (hint) there isnt actually a security issue at stake. The bad faith and fraud required to hide this from the current public...
  • Solid Concepts Prints Exotic-metal .45 (Second Version)

    11/30/2013 11:24:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    weaponsman.com ^ | 30 November, 2013 | WeaponsMan
    WeaponsMan, we can hear you thinking. Dey already done dat. Well, not exactly. Sure, they printed a gun before, but this time they did something pretty amazing: they printed all 34 non-spring parts in a single go (see the photo of the parts below, fresh from the laser-sintering machine with only the unused powder removed yet). And they printed it of Inconel 625, which youve probably never used in a gun before (but if youve ever flown in a jet airplane, it was probably the turbofan engines hot-section shaft and several other critical parts.Inconel is fairly expensive and is normally...
  • 'Plastic gun' ban would make even less sense now than in 1988

    11/28/2013 3:30:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | December 11, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports that Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) has announced his intention to renew the ban on "plastic guns," set to expire next December: A test of a printed plastic lower firearm receiver has resulted in an anti-gun politician demanding renewal of a law against a gun that does not exist, Live Science reported today, citing a call by Rep. Steve Israel, D- N.Y., to renew the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the Wiki Weapon project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test. The "Undetectable Firearms Act" was first...
  • Recess to complicate push to renew plastic gun ban

    11/27/2013 2:25:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 November, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    The federal law banning undetectable plastic guns expires in two weeks and Congress is on a Thanksgiving vacation, making it likely the law will lapse and opening up at least a temporary problem. Gun control proponents say the search for a solution is even more urgent with the expanding capabilities of 3-D printers, which can manufacture plastic guns that can be untraceable through traditional means. Racing the Dec. 9 deadline, Senate Democrats tried to speed through a bill last week keeping the ban in place, but a Republican objected, arguing the legislation had just been introduced hours before the...
  • 3D printing will change the way businesses are transacted

    11/18/2013 9:41:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The India Financial Express ^ | November 18, 2013 | Uma Ganesh, CEO, Global Talent Track
    3D printing has been making waves in the manufacturing arena which is touted as the next big thing to revolutionise consumerism and product development. Just as e-commerce has removed the boundaries for marketing and brought the consumers and producers closer, 3D printing is expected to enlarge the market for producers by removing the shackles of production volumes, minimising the time to market and customising the product as per individual customer needs and all of this at affordable costs. In the early days of product creation, nuts, screws and hinges were individually hand-crafted for a very long time until the industrialisation...
  • ATF Sends Mixed Message on 3D guns

    11/17/2013 8:04:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A dailymail.co.uk article shows the ATF sending two messages: 1. The 3D printed guns work, so they must be banned! 2. 3D printed guns blow up, so do not make them or attempt to use them! I do not think either message is effective. Both just interest people in 3D printed guns. From dailymail.co.uk: The world's first printable gun has been deemed a serious safety and security concern after a gun printed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exploded before it was even fired. This danger is matched by the problem with fully-functioning 3-D printed guns -...
  • Worlds First 3D Printed Metal Gun Successfully Fires 600+ Rounds

    11/14/2013 9:33:44 PM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/13/2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The worlds first 3D printed metal firearm, a classic 1911 design, has been successfully fired more than 600 times, according to Solid Concepts, a California-based 3D printing company.
  • 3D Printers - a Good Selling Reason

    11/11/2013 9:26:45 PM PST · by expat1000 · 14 replies
    Liveleak ^ | May 6, 2013 | Deus_Ex_MACHINA
    A selfless man invents way to help countless people, and shares it for free. Well Done Sir, the world can do with more inspiring people like yourself Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=22d_1383771936#ee1xRPKTT3O7Lm9F.99
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the worlds smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Worlds First 3D Printed Metal Gun (printed 1911 .45acp)

    11/08/2013 5:16:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    solidconcepts.com ^ | 11-7-2013 | Alyssa
    (image courtesy of solidconcepts.com) Let me start out by saying one, very important thing: This is not about desktop 3D Printers. Solid Concepts is a world leader of 3D Printing services, and our ability to 3D Print the worlds first metal gun solidifies our standing. The gun is a classic 1911, a model that is at once timeless and public domain. It functions beautifully: Our resident gun expert has fired 50 successful rounds and hit a few bulls eyes at over 30 yards. The gun is composed of 30+ 3D Printed components with 17-4 Stainless Steel and Inconel 625...
  • Police Clarify Toy Shop 'Gun' Claim ('Revolutionary Raid')

    10/26/2013 9:31:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, October 25, 2013
    Police chiefs today defended raiding a toy model shop and claiming they may have found the UK's first ever 3D printed firearm.The seizure, initially described as "a really significant discovery", was part of a much-heralded crackdown on organised crime, Operation Challenger, launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP). But hours later it emerged GMP may have jumped the gun, releasing a second statement about the raid in which Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: "We need to be absolutely clear that, at this stage, we cannot categorically say we have recovered the component parts for a 3D gun." The 38-year-old pony-tailed...
  • Chinese Researchers Develop Naked-eye 3D Tablet

    10/22/2013 8:20:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    China Radio International ^ | 10/23/2013 | Luo Dan
    Researchers from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have developed a naked-eye 3D tablet computer, which should be in the shops by the end of this year. Naked-eye 3D technology has put 3D lens onto the screen, allowing viewers to watch 3D images without glasses, Fang Yong, deputy director of the spectrum modulation technology center at the SJTU Wuxi Research Institute, said on Tuesday. Users will not suffer from eye strain or dizziness. According to Fang, the research team has filed a patent and the televisions and computers with the technology are on the way.
  • 3D Printing Now Brings You Semiautomatic Pistols (The Better To Scare Control Freaks)

    09/26/2013 1:14:02 PM PDT · by Joe Brower · 48 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 26, 2013 2:41 pm | J.D. Tuccille
    3D Printing Now Brings You Semiautomatic Pistols (The Better To Scare Control Freaks) J.D. Tuccille|Sep. 26, 2013 2:41 pmIt's not yet ready for prime-time (it has yet to be tested), but 3D printing tinkerers have developed a design for a semiautomatic pistol. In fact, the developer says a full-automatic version would be easier to make with available materials. What a long way we've come, in just a few short months, toward the ultimate goal of rendering gun control laws a complete joke. Well...they were already a joke (though a dangerous one). It's more accurate to say we've come a long...
  • 3D Printing Enthusiast Unveils Working Pepperbox Pistol

    09/13/2013 10:41:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    reason.com ^ | 11 September, 2013 | J.D. Tuccille
    While news on the 3D-printed gun front has been sparse as of late, that's less a matter of stalled development than of the new technology already becoming old hat in this fast-moving world of ours. How else to explain the lack of coverage even as repeating pistols are knocked out on desktop equipment? Consider, for example, the Hexen pepperbox, which has stainless steel liners for its six barrels and is undergoing constant strengthening and improvement as discussed over in the DefCad forum. The video below shows the Hexen successfully fired (actually, it appears to be a related five-shot model),...
  • The Next Quantum Leap: 3-D 'Teleporting'

    "The technological revolution may never end but it does pause from time to time. If investors are expecting the kind of returns that Apple achieved from 2007-2012, they are probably going to have to look elsewhere as smartphones and tablets are nearly commoditized. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) should provide more successful products but that does not mean they will have an impact to the degree the iPhone and Android had on the lives of consumers and the economy. As when chips and desktops became commoditized after the tech bubble of the 90s, it may take a quantum leap in...
  • NASA's First Step Towards a Replicator: 3D Printing in Space

    08/13/2013 4:14:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Space.com ^ | 8/13/13 | Marcus Yam
    Tea, Earl Grey, hot. Those are the words spoken by Capt. Picard to the computer when he wants his favorite beverage replicated. While we're still a long ways away from that becoming reality, we're taking steps toward it. NASA will be taking that step when it takes a 3D printer up to the International Space Station in June 2014. MORE: How 3D Printing Will Save You
  • Suspended Depositions a wild new 3D printing process that comes with an Undo

    08/08/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    3-D Printer Net ^ | July 23, 2013 | Mark Fleming
    A 3D printer generally moves its printing mechanism in straight paths on its x, y and z axes. But a new printer developed by Brian Harms, a masters student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, uses a robotic arm to print in a freeform manner, angling this way and that, poking its extruder in and out of a bed of gel, where it injects its light-curing resin. By depositing the print material in the gelatinous medium, there is no need for any support structures the resin stays suspended at its precise x,y,z point. When the...
  • 3D Statues of yourself and or Family (Kind of neat-kind of weird)

    08/05/2013 5:56:18 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Twinkind ^ | 8/5/2013 | Twinkind
    The latest state-of-the-art color 3D printing technology is used to bring your digital sculpture back into the real world. Voxel by voxel, layer by layer, the three-dimensional portrait grows into the (almost) final product as if by magic.
  • 3-D Printing the 19th Century

    08/02/2013 11:00:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Times' Bits ^ | August 2, 2013 | Amy O'Leary
    They are the dreams of dead men: a hat comb, a drinking cup that would not dribble in bed, a stove pipe screw and a flower stand, quietly archived in the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the last century. Until now. Martin Galese, a 31-year-old lawyer in New York, is resurrecting bits and pieces of bygone eras, thing by thing. Not unlike the fictional scientists of Jurassic Park, Mr. Galese scours the patent offices archives for the design DNA of antique inventions, then reinterprets them as design files for todays 3-D printers. He has posted more than a...
  • Make Your Move: Makers Respond to GE 3D Printing Challenge, Send 100s of Designs

    07/24/2013 9:55:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    GE Reports ^ | 7/22/13 | GE
    GE challenged designers to create a new jet engine bracket. The Maker Movement is a vast and diverse community teeming with passionate hobbyists and DIY entrepreneurs energized to build new products and open their designs to others to improve upon them. They share an infectious innovative ethos that anybody can learn from. Last month, GE challenged the Maker community to use 3D printing to manufacture complex parts for medical equipment, and to redesign a bracket used for manipulating jet engines and make it 30 percent lighter. We want to develop an ecosystem of designers, engineers, materials scientists, and other partners...
  • Rare 3D Camera Found Containing Photos from WWI

    07/07/2013 5:48:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    io9 ^ | July 5, 2013
    SWhile visiting an estate in Ontario's Niagara Falls two years ago, a film enthusiast stumbled upon a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. Here's what he found inside. The verascope camera, which was purchased by A Nerd's World's Chris Hughes, was found in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. The antique had been in the possession of an elderly man who was clearing out his camera collection in preparation for retirement. S"Each slide is a piece of history in photographic form and I get shivers...
  • Some 3D Photos of World War I from Rare, Vintage Stereo Camera

    07/04/2013 7:30:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    A Nerd's World ^ | circa, WWI | A Nerd's World
    Rare 3D Camera Found Containing Photos from WWI "One cold morning last year, we attended an estate in the Niagara Falls where we were fortunate enough to come across and purchase a rare World War I Richard Verascope stereo camera previously owned by the French Army. The camera is in pristine condition and included the original leather carrying case and glass slides. Each slide is a piece of history in photographic form and I get shivers every time I place a glass slide into the 3D stereo viewer. Only at A Nerds World 986 Bathurst street can you see the...
  • Austrailan Police Produce Anti-3D Printed Pistol Video

    05/26/2013 8:43:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from Defense DistributedAustralian police in New South Wales have printed out two versions of the liberator 3D printed pistol and tested them to destruction. No technical details of the testing were released, just videos of the guns blowing up. The video does not show any cartridges used, nor does it detail the type of plastic used. These are critical elements for anyone trying to actually understand what happened. Without this information, the video is just political theater, propaganda designed to frighten timid people away from this technology. Compare the test fire shown in the New South Wales video with...
  • The governments lost war on 3D printable guns

    05/12/2013 10:27:52 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies
    Rare.US ^ | May 11, 2013 | James S. Robbins
    The Federal government is trying to stop the proliferation of plans for guns that can be produced with 3D printer technology. That war was lost as soon as Washington launched it.... Almost immediately the printable gun plans were available at web sites, linked to in chat rooms, downloadable at torrent sites, accessible via FTP and passed around in emails. How many people had heard of the Liberator before John Kerrys department decided to get involved in gun grabbing? How many had ever been to Defcad.org? How many even knew printing a gun was possible? Whatever the number, it is millions...
  • State Department orders firm to remove 3D-printed guns web blueprints

    05/11/2013 3:13:00 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 116 replies
    the guardian ^ | Friday 10 May 2013 | Amanda Holpuch, Ewen MacAskill, Charles Arthur
    The US government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer. The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world's first such gun was successfully fired. Defense Distributed, the company that made the prototype, stated on Twitter that its project had "gone dark" at the instigation of the government.
  • Schumer: U.S. needs to block 3D plastic guns like The Liberator from Defense Distributed

    05/06/2013 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/6/13 | Edgar Sandoval / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    The future just got a lot scarier. A Texas company is set to release blueprints for making a plastic gun with a 3-D printer a development Sen. Chuck Schumer called stomach-churning Sunday. Defense Distributed, a collective of gun access advocates headed by self-described free-market anarchist Cody Wilson, has announced it made such an untraceable gun with the new plastic-making technology. The nonprofit Texas group intends to post blueprints for The Liberator (pictured) online this week. The Liberator may look like a toy, but this gun can fire regular bullets, Schumer said, calling for legislation outlawing the technologys weapons potential....
  • Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun

    05/05/2013 8:34:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 5 May, 2013 | Andy Greenberg
    <p>Before three arrives, a shot reverberates across the overcast central Texas landscape. A tall, sandy blond engineer named John has just pulled a twenty-foot length of yellow string tied to a trigger, which has successfully fired the worlds first entirely 3D-printed gun for the very first time, rocketing a .380 caliber bullet into a berm of dirt and prairie brush.</p>