3D printing

Second 3D-printed gun fires off first round successfully

Second 3D-printed gun fires off first round successfully

You may have seen and heard about the Liberator, a fully 3D-printed gun that earned the "world's first" moniker and was created by law student. However, one of the setbacks was that it could only fire one shot before the plastic destroyed itself. However, a new modified version of the Liberator has appeared, and it was able to fire off a full clip without skipping a beat -- eight bullets in total before parts were replaced.

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NASA grant to fund 3D-printed food system prototype

NASA grant to fund 3D-printed food system prototype

We've heard about 3D-printed guns and a 3D-printed implant, but a new project is taking the use of these printing machines to a whole new level: 3D-printed food. Such is the goal of Anjan Contractor, who received a $125,000 6-month NASA grant to build a prototype. If successful, the resulting system would not only provide food for space travel, but could also provide sustenance in the future when the population is higher and presumably natural food sources become scarce.

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Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

Department of Defense gives banhammer to 3D-printed gun blueprints

It was the summer of 2012 when the first news of a 3D-printed gun surfaced, an assault rifle-style .22 that appeared on a message board devoted to the love of firearms. That weapon was believed to be the first 3D-printed gun successfully fired, but its fame was short lived, with The Liberator having caught popular attention soon after for being the first fully 3D-printed firearm. After being successfully fired, the company behind it - Defense Distributed - released the blueprints for anyone to download, something the Department of Defense has already stymied.

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OUYA partners with MakerBot to bring DIY 3D-printed cases to gamers

OUYA partners with MakerBot to bring DIY 3D-printed cases to gamers

OUYA gaming consoles may already be set to launch starting tomorrow, but that isn't stopping the company from adding more features. OUYA and MakerBot have announced a partnership that will see the release of the 3D design files for the console’s case. The template and the specs for the OUYA's case has been made readily available, which means that anyone with a MakerBot 3D printer will be able to make their own case for the gaming console.

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DEFCAD takes aim with open source 3D Printing Search Engine

DEFCAD takes aim with open source 3D Printing Search Engine

The group known as DEFCAD have, up until today, been known primarily for their supply of downloadable CAD (read: 3D Printing) templates for firearms. This week they've announced that they're going full steam ahead with a DEFCAD search engine for 3D printable models of all kinds - and they need funding. If you're willing to toss a few bucks their way, they'll be willing to let you in on the final product once it exists: completely devoid of the censorship they maintain is running rampant.

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MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot unveils Digitizer 3D desktop scanner

MakerBot is known for its amazing consumer-level 3D printers, but today the company unveiled a new toy unlike anything they've done before. MakerBot announced and unveiled the Digitizer at SXSW today. It's essentially a desktop 3D scanner that can scan any object and upload it onto your computer for 3D printing later on.

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Patient has 75% of skull replaced with 3D-printed implant

Patient has 75% of skull replaced with 3D-printed implant

Earlier this week, a surgical procedure saw the first-ever patient to receive a partial skull transplant using 3D-printed materials. A whopping 75% of the man's skill was replaced with the polyetherketoneketone material. However, it's not said what part of the skull was replaced, nor if the 75% accounts for just the top of head.

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