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The world's first gun made up almost entirely of 3D-printed components has been created, Forbes reports. The firearm, called the "Liberator," is a small pistol-like weapon that can shoot various types of handgun bullets through several interchangeable plastic barrels. It's still a prototype for now and reportedly has not been tested — yet. But that's coming soon, according to its creators at Defense Distributed, an Austin, Texas-based collective of gun access advocates led by crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson . The group told Forbes that once the gun has been tested and proven to be functional, they will publish the digital blueprints for it on their website, Defcad.org, allowing anyone to make it. Prototype 3D printed gun from Defense Distributed, Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes .
<img class="size-full wp-image-249927 alignnone" title="omote3D-photobooth-6" alt="" src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/omote3d-photobooth-6.jpeg?w=461&h=700" height="700" width="461" /> Wow, a 3D printing photo booth! Spoon and Tamago reports: What’s being called the world’s first 3D printing photo booth is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku.
There has been a burgeoning sense of excitement over the past few years about 3D printing. Printing an object as you would a document, albeit slowly, layer-by-layer, has been used to prototype products for awhile now, and 3D printing is entering the consumer marketplace quickly. With the opening of MakerBot's new brick-and-mortar retail store in NYC , day-to-day use of 3D printing is starting to seem much more grounded in reality -- especially since you can own an actual desktop 3D printer for only a couple grand.
This summer, the Southern California Institute of Architecture handed out its first Gehry Prize , a thesis award named in honor of the legendary 83-year-old architect (and his recent $100k donation ) to husband and wife duo Liz and Kyle von Hasseln. Their project, Phantom Geometry , is not a single design but an entirely new production methodology that uses light from an off-the-shelf projector to cure a special resin into complex, adaptable models. It was developed in SCI-Arc’s Robot House , where students can experiment with six state-of-the-art Staübli robotic arms under the guidance of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser . Think of their system as you would a 3-D printer. One robotic arm supports a souped-up digital projector at a stable height. A second arm holds a vat of honey-like resin similar to what the dentist uses to make molds of your teeth.
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Soldiers are not always prepared for what the battlefield throws at them. That’s why the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force exists. They make sure that soldiers are prepared for anything they will encounter. The team of engineers that make up REF were already fast, but the latest innovation involving 3D printers makes them even faster. The military is deploying what they call the Expeditionary Lab – Mobile to locations in Afghanistan. The lab is a simple 20 feet long shipping container that’s packed with the latest technologies including a 3D printer, industrial CNC machine, plasma cutters and more.
3D printers are more than just a cool way to make your own plastic models. The technology has numerous medical applications from creating organs to helping a little girl move her arms. Those examples all involve relatively large samples though. What can be done about objects that are less than a nanometer in size? Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have come up with a new form of 3D printing called “3D Photografting.” The technology allows scientists to attach molecules to an object on the micrometer level.
Editor’s note: Rick Kelly (@_rickkelly) is an adjunct political science professor at BYU-Idaho and MBA student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Remember SOPA? In case you’ve forgotten already, earlier this year some Congressional legislators attempted to protect intellectual property through the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The language in the bill was far-reaching and ambiguous; thus prompting concern that application of the law would extend beyond its intent. TechCrunch’s own John Biggs explained that SOPA “would allow the US government to essentially ‘turn off’ part of the Internet that it doesn’t like.”
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;…” – Thomas Jefferson
The Thiel Foundation has made a six-figure grant to a series of biotechnology startups, including a company that wants to 3D print meat. Modern Meadow is a Missouri-based startup that believes 3D printing could help to take some of the environmental cost out of producing a hamburger . He said: " If you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck
It’s a statement that I’ve said many times, but it still bears repeating – 3D printers are amazing. People are using 3D printers to innovate in just about every field imaginable. The technology could one day be used to save your life with an artificially created kidney , or it could just be a way to provide your child with the care they need. Those are just some examples of what 3D printing can do, but how exactly is the market for 3D printing going to evolve over the years?
Slides prepared by startup Modern Meadow pitch 3D-printed meat as a more environmentally friendly approach to dinner. 3D printing has been used to create running shoes , medical implants , and, to the delight of firearm enthusiasts, a .22 caliber handgun . So why not a 3D-printed steak for the grill? Billionaire investor Peter Thiel's philanthropic foundation plans to announce today a six-figure grant for bioprinted meat, part of an ambitious plan to bring to the world's dinner tables a set of technologies originally developed for creating medical-grade tissues. The recipient of the Thiel Foundation's grant, a Columbia, Mo.
Making weapons at home just got much easier By John Robb Posted 07.26.2012 at 5:29 pm 3-D Printed Gun HaveBlue Get ready.
Professor Lee Cronin is a likably impatient presence, a one-man catalyst. "I just want to get stuff done fast," he says. And: "I am a control freak in rehab." Cronin, 39, is the leader of a world-class team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, primarily making complex molecules.
Will 3D printing make a difference at the next Olympics? French designer Luc Fusaro has developed a new technique for custom-fitted track shoes using 3D printing. His project, called “Designed to Win” , produces the lightest sprint footwear ever made at just 96 grams and is fitted to match the physical properties of the runner’s foot.
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