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Philadelphia Is The First City To Ban 3D Printed Guns

The emergence of a 3D printed gun earlier this year added another layer of complexity to the gun control debate that’s embroiled the country since the Sandy Hook shooting. While some have called for the ban of 3D printed guns, there’s been no legislation until now. Philadelphia Magazine reports that Philadelphia is the first American city to ban the production …

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Stratasys’ New 3D Printing Material Is Super Thin

When Stratasys merged with Objet in late 2012, it didn’t just get a new range of 3D printers to sell to professionals and hobbyists. It also got a company that has continuously innovated in the realm of 3D printer materials. Now the Objet side of Stratasys is back with some new materials that you may find interesting. In its quarterly …

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We’re Less Than A Decade Away From A 3D Printed Heart

3D printing and medicine have been best buds as of late with researchers using the technology to print everything from blood vessels to working organs. Now one group of researchers wants to use 3D printers to replicate the heart. A team at Kentucky’s Cardiovascular Innovation Institute is making their own 3D printers in the hope that they can be used …

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GE Wants You To Improve Santa’s Sleigh With 3D Printers

Christmas is just around the corner, and department stores are already ignoring Thanksgiving in favor of throwing Christmas decorations in your face. GE is getting into the spirit as well with a 3D printing challenge inspired by Santa’s sleigh. Over the weekend, GE announced the #3DPrintMyGift challenge, a call to designers around the world to design and 3D print a …

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Smithsonian Opens Its Collection To 3D Printers Everywhere

The Smithsonian, like most museums, have a strict “Do Not Touch” policy. It goes without saying that many of the objects in the museum’s collection are very old and very fragile. Merely touching them could do immeasurable damage to the artifact. So, how do you get these objects into the hands of educators? The Smithsonian has recently opened a new …

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An Affordable Metal 3D Printer Looks For Funding On Indiegogo

The cost of plastic-based 3D printers have gone down tremendously over the years thanks in part to innovations in construction and the expiration of key patents. That will continue to be the case as desktop 3D printers continue to become more affordable, but what about other 3D printing machines? Will we ever see an affordable 3D metal printer? If you …

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Here’s The First 3D Printed Metal Gun

Earlier this year, Defense Distributed proved it was possible to 3D print a gun with the Liberator. It was a single-shot handgun that was made almost entirely out of plastic. Since then, a number of 3D printer aficionados have tweaked the design and made it even better. Even with all the improvements made, plastic guns can’t compare to metal guns; …

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McDonalds Thinks About Using In-Store 3D Printers

Tell me if you’ve been in this scenario before. You rush out to McDonalds because you hear the Happy Meals contain My Little Pony toys and you really need that Rainbow Dash to complete your collection. Upon getting there, you find out that the My Little Pony toys have been replaced by Polly Pocket. It’s a massive disappointment, and your …

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3D Printed Chocolate Service Looks To Kickstarter For Funding

Chocolate is one of the few foods on the planet that works incredibly well with 3D printers. You just have to melt it and the extruder can take care of the rest as it lays layer upon layer of delicious chocolate to create a shape of your choosing. Now a pair of entrepreneurs out of Texas want to take the …

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Maker Documentary Pulls In Over $30K On Kickstarter

The Maker community is vast, varied and growing at an extraordinary rate. While it’s been around for years, it only started to grow as quickly as it did thanks to open source and affordable 3D printers. Now a documentary chronicling that movement is doing what 3D printers do on Kickstarter – bring in a lot of money. Maker – A …

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Microsoft Opens A Maker Space On Its Campus

If you have a 3D printer, you can create a maker space. Private entities and public institutions are opening them all over the country to encourage others to express their creativity through 3D printing and other rapid prototyping tools. Now Microsoft is getting in on the action. Since 2009, Microsoft has allowed its employees to work on experimental projects in …

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Asterid Open Source 3D Printer Hits Kickstarter

This has been a crazy week for 3D printers on Kickstarter. First we got the super affordable DIY QU-BD One Up and then yesterday came the professional grade Helix. The next 3D printer to hit Kickstarter sits comfortably in between both. Plastic Scribbler, a company out of Georgia, took to Kickstarter a few weeks ago to fund Asterid – an …

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