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3D Printing
February 6, 2013
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3D printing allows the user to print useful plastic objects. The printer functions much the same way a common HP inkjet printer would except that it prints layer upon layer until the 3D object is complete. The fact that you can purchase one for less that $10,000 makes it somewhat affordable.

For a list of some of these useful items check this link.
http://www.businessinsider.com/useful-3 ... 013-1?op=1

You can imagine what could be created in 15-30 years when metal 3D printers are available to the everyday person.

It has actually made it's way into the Gun Control debate since the user could potentially print a weapon like a Gun or a magazine clip. In fact, the magazine clips can be produced now using the plastic 3D printer.
http://www.businessinsider.com/useful-3 ... 013-1?op=1

I find it hard to believe that 3D printers would ever be banned because of the potential to create a gun or mag clip. In terms of gun control; it just proves that banning guns is not the solution since criminals easily have the means to produce the weapons themselves.

Also, it will be interesting to see how the manufacturing industry will respond to 3D printing since it has the potential to put them out of business. Forget running to Wal-Mart for those much needed plastic measuring cups... simply just print them.

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February 6, 2013
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This 3-D printing is getting very exciting. I just posted a news article (in the science and tech advancement forum - I think that is the name of the forum) about the ability to print 3-D organs using stem cells to print a replacement heart, for example. There is still some hurdles to over come, but this is looking like a way for those that can afford it to basically live a much longer life span.

Some of us, possibly me, may not be worth saving!!! 😈

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March 4, 2013
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"infowars.com" wrote: 3D Printed Lower Receiver Withstands More than 650 Rounds, Gun Grabbers Panic

wow, very interesting..

but personally I think they should ban 3D printing... Actually, ban all Technology... screw it Ban EVERYTHING!

http://www.infowars.com/3d-printed-lowe ... ers-panic/

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May 6, 2013
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World's first 3D gun fired in the US

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May 10, 2013
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"capricorn" wrote: [quote="infowars.com"]3D Printed Lower Receiver Withstands More than 650 Rounds, Gun Grabbers Panic

wow, very interesting..

but personally I think they should ban 3D printing... Actually, ban all Technology... screw it Ban EVERYTHING!

http://www.infowars.com/3d-printed-lowe ... ers-panic/

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May 10, 2013
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Funny, I don’t remember giving up my constitutional rights for the sake of international law

"guardian.co.uk" wrote: The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world's first such gun was successfully fired."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/20 ... department

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May 10, 2013
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Some more information on the ban:

"The Guardian" wrote:

State Department orders firm to remove 3D-printed guns web blueprints

Amanda Holpuch, Ewen MacAskill in New York and Charles Arthur in London
guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 May 2013 04.10 EDT

The US government has blocked a Texas-based company from distributing details online of how to make a plastic gun using a 3-D printer.

The ban, by the State Department citing international arms control law, comes just days after the world's first such gun was successfully fired.

Defense Distributed, the company that made the prototype, stated on Twitter that its project had "gone dark" at the instigation of the government.

The company is run by Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student who has said the idea for freely distributing details about how to produce the guns online was inspired by 19th century anarchist writing. Wilson argues everyone should have access to guns.

A State Department spokesman said: "Although we do not comment on whether we have individual ongoing compliance matters, we can confirm that the department has been in communication with the company."

The action came too late to prevent widespread distribution of the files: Defense Distributed told Forbes that the files have already been downloaded more than 100,000 times in the two days since they were uploaded. The largest number of downloads initially were to addresses in Spain, followed by the US, Brazil, Germany and the UK.

Fifteen of the gun's 16 pieces are constructed on the $8,000 Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, Forbes said. The final piece is a common nail, used as a firing pin, that can be found in a hardware store.

Betabeat posted a copy of the letter reportedly sent by the Department of State to Wilson. The department said the blueprints had to be taken offline because they may contain data regulated by the State Department. The departement said it would review the files.

"I immediately complied and I've taken down the files," Wilson told Betabeat. "But this is a much bigger deal than guns. It has implications for the freedom of the web."

Defense Distributed does not host the files in the US; instead it has uploaded them to the Mega website run by the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, based in New Zealand, and where user information – including who has logged into the site and downloaded files – is encrypted.

The files have also been uploaded to the Pirate Bay file-sharing site, where they have proved a popular download.

The gun blueprints take the form of computer-aided design files, which have to be read by specialist software which can then be used by industrial 3D printers to build up the hair-thin layers, one by one, to create the finished parts.

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May 10, 2013
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Will they also ban the math that goes into either firearms or 3D printing? Like, make it a secret you can't learn unless you're trusted and safe?

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May 13, 2013
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perhaps the printers could be programmed to block certain stuff from being allowed to be created?

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May 13, 2013
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"bionic" wrote: perhaps the printers could be programmed to block certain stuff from being allowed to be created?

At what point would that be an infringement on our right and freedom for productivity?

Is a SINGLE shot, printed gun REALLY going to make a difference on this planet when they ban it? No, terrorists, or "bad guys" are going to find a weapon no matter what. There has to be a line between our freedom and our "security." I much rather them (the government) stop cultivating a society of leeches who get free stuff, welfare, food stamps etc., that don't need it, but turn around and bomb 'us' anyway (ie: the Boston bombers collecting $100,000+ in welfare).

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