Aamer Madhani and Andrew Wolfson USA TODAY Published 9:48 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 If gun rights activist Cody Wilson gets his way in his ongoing legal battle, soon anybody – including convicted felons and the mentally ill – with a few raw materials and access to an industrial 3D printer could build a plastic firearm, gun-control advocates say. But will people, particularly a criminal or someone else intent on carrying out violence, bother to make the effort? Tech experts and stakeholders in the gun-control debate are divided on whether the emergence of 3D-printed plastic guns presents an immediate new safety threat to U.S communities. A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday placed a temporary injunction until Aug. 10 against Wilson from publishing his blueprints on his website, Defcad.com. Some 3D print experts, however, say even if Wilson wins his battle, the plastic gun is, at least at this point, not a practical weapon. “It’s not feasible to print … [Read more...] about 3D-printed guns might be inevitable. But are they a practical weapon of choice for criminals?
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THREE dimensional printing allows people to create a huge range of solid objects with a special printer. But what is a 3D printer, how does it work, and can you print guns? How does a 3D printer work? 3D printing involves using a digital file to layering plastic into three dimensional solid objects. To create something, you have to download the file and have advanced computer software for a special printer to interpret it. The model then needs to be 'sliced' into thousands of horizontal 'layers' with different software. The printer then builds the object layer-by-layer. What is a 3D printer A 3D printer is a printer that can create three-dimensional objects. The printing process works by dripping tiny beads of hot plastic on top of one another, following a pattern laid out by the blueprint diagram. 3D printers can be bought for use at home, or you can go to a 3D printing service. 3D printers are used commercially in sectors from aerospace to furniture design. Can you 3D print a gun? … [Read more...] about What is a 3D printer, how does 3D printing work and can you really print guns?
A team of researchers, scientists and engineers from France have created a 3D printed house in just a matter of hours. For the first time ever, the four-bedroom house will serve as a permanent home for a family of five. The 1,022-square-foot house, located in the northwestern French city of Nantes, only took about two days - or 54 hours - to complete. Scroll down for video A team of researchers, scientists and engineers from France have created a 3D printed house in just a matter of hours. Pictured is a rendering of the 1,022-square-foot house HOW DID FRENCH SCIENTISTS BUILD A 3D PRINTED HOUSE? A team of researchers, scientists and architects designed a 3D printed house in Nantes, France. It will become the first-ever 3D printed house to be permanently inhabited. To build it, they used a novel BatiPrint 3D printing process. A robotic machine prints the walls from the ground up. Each wall … [Read more...] about 3D printing system creates family home for five in France in 54 hours
A British hospital has become the first in the word to use 3D printing to pre-plan a complicated transplantation of an adult kidney into a small child. Dexter Clark, aged two, of Reading, Berkshire, was born with severe kidney problems which left him only able to eat from a feeding tube. Although his father Brendan, 36, a regional schemes manager for AXA, agreed to donate his kidney, the adult organ was huge compared to cavity in which it was to sit, leaving surgeons worried that it would not fit. But in a pioneering procedure, doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, scanned Mr Clark’s kidney and his son’s abdomen and 3D printed both so that surgeons could find out if the transplant was even possible, and then work out the best way to insert the organ. In Dexter’s case, the 3D printed models were also taken into the operating theatre on the day of the transplant and reviewed by transplant surgeons. His mother Emily Clark, 36, an IT … [Read more...] about Surgeons use 3D printing to check dad’s kidney would fit in son’s abdomen in pioneering operation
Modern cities have undoubtedly lost the architectural charm of the past. Classical ornamentation and intricate facades have been replaced with glass and steel giants that offer much less character. Of course, contemporary design has a lot to offer, but with limited resources to protect historical buildings at a reasonable cost, traditional façade design has become a dying art – until now, as the relationship between technology and art enters a new realm. New technology exists that can bring the forgotten craft of ornate architecture into the modern age, and at a cost that could save buildings from demolition. Creatives in every field are embracing digital tools to form new mediums of artistic expression. A recent example in the architectural world is how 3D printing technology now has the capacity to restore and recreate historic urban architecture that is under threat. Bringing restoration into a cost-effective reality is the … [Read more...] about The future of facades: How 3D printing is revolutionising architectural restoration