From clothes and shoes to smartphone cases and even guns , there seems to be no limits to what 3D printers can create. And now, you can add prosthetic hands and fingers to the mix.
From clothes and shoes to smartphone cases and even guns , there seems to be no limits to what 3D printers can create.
The crescendo of media reports about the advent of a DIY printable firearm has caused an understandable uproar. In the wake of so many high-profile, mass-casualty incidents involving firearms — and a lot of impotent rage by our elected officials — it seems counterintuitive that, as we circle the wagons around the idea of passing rational gun legislation at the federal level, we can also literally create a gun. When I was in high school, some classmates brought a crinkled copy of “The Anarchist’s Cookbook” that they printed off the Internet.
As congress debates gun law changes, a new breed of weapon is being created by “Do-It-Yourself” enthusiasts.
A 3D printer produced invisible cloak could be the next advancement with interesting and, some might say, frightening consequences, according to a Monday report from Science Daily . (The full report was originally published in the academic journal Optics Letters .) Following up on Duke University engineering experiments from 2006, assistant research professor in electrical and computer engineering for the school told the website that “anyone who can spend a couple thousand dollars on a non-industry grade 3D printer can literally make a plastic cloak overnight.” Not good news for those of you who may be somewhat frightened at successful recent experiments producing firearms through the 3D printing process (aka stereolithographic fabrication). What’s so worrisome about “a plastic cloak”?
Now that we have confirmation that the Liberator 3D-printed pistol can be fired without destroying the body, let’s address what this means for 3D printed weapons and, presumably, weapons in general. I’ve prepared a FAQ as this story begins to expand
This is turning out to be the decade of 3D printing. We're seeing rapid adoption of 3D printers from both professional engineers and modeling enthusiasts alike, and now we're entering the stage of full-color 3D printing for the masses.
At a recent conference 3D Systems President and CEO Avi Reichental spoke of his company’s efforts to produce a true chocolate 3D printer. While the project was classed as “Not Soon”, it does indicate significant interest in 3D food printing