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3D Printers are going to change the world...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TigerVols, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    ...one Iphone case at a time.

  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Can someone 3D print me some bacon?
  3. westcoastvol

    westcoastvol Active Member


    It'll be the sixties all over again.
  4. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member


  5. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    That just blew my mind. I have to read more about that and post something on my cool science-stuff thread.
    3D printed meat? Unbelievable.
    I'm glad I'm alive now and not some other time.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    3-D printing is advancing so rapidly (3-D printed bone, anyone?) that this had to come along eventually: Dutch architecture firm DUS recently unveiled the KamerMaker, which is being dubbed "the world’s first movable 3-D print pavilion." It can also print objects large enough to construct entire rooms.

    The printer, which is based on a previous version called the Ultimaker, can spit out objects as large as 7.2 feet by 7.2 feet by 11.4 feet--large enough to print furniture. The first entirely printed 3-D room will be finished this fall. The catch is that the KamerMaker only prints objects made out of PLA, a kind of bioplastic made out of corn, so it won’t produce the most comfortable couches in the world. But future possibilities are endless.

  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    They gave a wounded Bald Eagle a new beak. A. New. Fucking. Beak.
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Makerbot is opening up a retail location, so you can buy a 3D printer for your home...


    Oh, and it looks like the editors at Wired read this thread:

  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    A firearm anyone can download and print in their own home may be the most controversial application yet of consumer 3D printing. But some gunlovers, it seems, want to see it happen badly enough to put their wallets behind it.

    This week, the so-called Wiki Weapon Project, an initiative that aims to design and build the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun, met its goal of raising $20,000 from Internet donors, according to the group’s spokesperson, University of Texas law student Cody Wilson. That’s about ten times the amount the project had managed to raise through the crowdsourced fundraising site Indiegogo when the donation platform summarily booted the printable gun project from its website last month and refunded the group’s pool of contributions to donors.

  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    It has long been possible to make a gun at home. But what happens when it no longer takes knowledge and skill to build one?

    It won’t be long before a felon, unable to buy a gun legally, can print one at home. Teenagers could make them in their bedroom while their parents think they are “playing on their computer.” I’m talking about a fully functional gun, where the schematic is downloaded free from the Internet and built on a 3-D printer, all with the click of a button.

    Hit print, walk away, and a few hours later, you have a firearm. There are no background checks. No age limits. No serial numbers etched on the barrel or sales receipts to track the gun.

    It might sound like science fiction, but 3-D printers are quickly becoming a consumer product. These printers, which now cost about $1,000, can print objects by spraying thin layers of plastic, metal or ceramics that are built up into shapes. Long used by industrial companies to make prototypes and parts, 3-D printers are becoming faster and less expensive almost weekly. One manufacturer, MakerBot, has set up a retail store in Manhattan. Chinese companies have started making them, and prices are falling to about $500.

    Hobbyists have printed fairly rudimentary objects: prosthetics, iPhone cases, cat statues and missing luggage clasps.

    A number of people have already made gun parts using 3-D printers. And yes, the guns with these parts have successfully fired bullets. Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, is in the process of building a completely functional printed gun. “We hope to have this fully tested and put the files online in the next couple of months,” said Mr. Wilson, who runs a Web site called Defense Distributed.

    He calls the gun the Wiki Weapon. In a video explaining the project’s goals, he describes the Wiki Weapon as the world’s first “3-D printable personal defense system.”

    “What’s great about the Wiki Weapon is it only needs to be lethal once,” Mr. Wilson says in the video, in a monotone voice. “We will have the reality of a weapons system that can be printed out from your desk. Anywhere there is a computer, there is a weapon.”

  11. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Fuck the guns. When can I print me a Mila Kunis?
  12. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    If there's one thing I will never, ever understand about this country, it's the rampant gun fetish.
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