3D printing

3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

3D Printable Gun effort cut short by Stratasys

We're not quite in a place where the world is about to collapse in on itself because guns can be printed, but we're certainly in shooting range. A collective by the name of Defense Distributed, lead by UT-Austin law student Cody Wilson, has made it clear that they want to be the first to create a 3D-printable model of a gun that anyone can make themselves in the comfort of their own home. The problem with this (if you consider this situation to have just one problem) is that the group that'd been leasing a DD their printer didn't agree with the idea, and have come to Wilson's home to seize the printer before any illegal printing activities occurred.

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Everest Bands creator talks Kickstarter effort and 3D printing innovation

Everest Bands creator talks Kickstarter effort and 3D printing innovation

If you're a lover of the Rolex timepiece lines Submariner, Sea Dweller, GMT, and more, you're about to get strapped with a brand new technologically forward-thinking addition to your collection, the Everest Band - here combining futuristic 3D printing production with the crowdfunding environment known as Kickstarter. With the technology used by the team behind this project, the Everest Band was made specifically for the Rolex family (Explorer II and Yacht-Master included too!) With a tolerance for error so small it'll make you flip, our short interview with Michael DiMartini of Everest Horology Products (the group behind the Everest Band), shows the real effort that must be put into creating 3rd party accessories for fine-tuned equipment as well!

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Man makes guns with a 3D printer

Man makes guns with a 3D printer

We've seen no shortage of 3D-printed masterpieces over the last several months, but this is reportedly the first time that someone has used the technology to create a firearm. It comes from a users on the AR15 message boards, a community for gun fanatics. He used a Stratasys 3D printer to create a .22 pistol. And yes, it actually works; it can shoot bullets just like a normal gun.

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3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

3D printing market to hit $3 billion by 2018

If you think that 3D printing is just a fad, or that it's too specialized of a technology to truly make a different in the market in the long run, then you might want to check out the latest report from Global Industry Analysts, which projects that the 3D printing business will reach nearly $3 billion ($2.99 billion) by the year 2018. The US will be the biggest chunk of that market.

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3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printer used to create keys for opening handcuffs

3D printers have been able to print some pretty incredible things for us, and now someone has successfully used one to produce replica keys for opening high-end handcuffs. Demonstrated at a Hackers on Planet Earth conference last week, cheap plastic keys produced with a 3D printer and laser cutter were able to open handcuffs to German maker Bonowi and British maker Chubb, both of which limit the distribution of keys to law enforcement agencies.

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Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

So long, Nike. The next big thing in the world of shoes might not come from an overseas factory but from a printer. A 3D printer, that is. Designer and engineer Luc Fusaro is working on creating a pair of shoes that can be manufactured from the comfort of a 3D printer. What's special about his is the inclusion of spikes, which make for a more athletic appeal and distinguish them from the existing slate of 3D-printed shoes.

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University researchers print blood vessels with 3D printer

University researchers print blood vessels with 3D printer

With all the novelty stories that 3D printing has brought about over the past several months, there haven't been many advancements in using the technology for medical and scientific purposes. That changes now, as researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and MIT have created the ability to use sugar to create artificial blood vessels, using the RepRap 3D printer.

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3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

We might not quite be at the level of technological brilliance that allows us to sit at home on the computer, press the "print" button, and have a cake appear next to you in a few minutes. But that didn't stop a group of creative 3D printing fanatics from using similar technology to create a machine that autonomously prints icing onto a cake, allowing custom, advanced designs.

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Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

Objet Ltd sets 100-material 3D printing record

A new, significant milestone has been reached in the world of 3D printing. You may know 3D printing as a neat, novelty kind of technological advancement that allows people to print their own mugs, earrings, etc. Or you may know it as a significant achievement in medical research. Or you may know it as something else. But there's one thing that every application of 3D printing relies on - available printing material. That's where Objet comes into place.

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