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First 3D printed metal gun

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Watch the video of the first metal 3D printed gun.  The firearm was made by a firm holding a Federal Firearm License.  The gun is a copy of a standard U.S. military side arm, the 1911 model. Although there have been  3D printed plastic guns, this is believed to be the first 3d printed gun made…

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Home made filament extruder

I’m re-posting a forum post from http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?1,205005,205005 It extrudes ABS plastic re-purposed from refrigerators doors. The author says he has last then $100 in costs and it produces a working filament. Xabbax wrote: “Low cost filament extruder made from 10 mm ID stainless steel tube, silver soldered inside an ordinary plumber 15 mm copper tube…

FDA approved T-Glase filament

FDA approved plastic filament for food

Taulman3D offers a 3D printing filament called t-glase.  This amazing plastic works with 3D printers designed to use PLA.  One for those users that print mostly with PLA or lower temperature 3D Printers.  The name t-glase is short for tough glass and is pronounced as Tee-Glass. The main features of t-glase Strength – similar to…

Bio Plastic

Bio Plastics

A popular biodegradable plastic is polylactide, or PLA. PLA is a synthetic polyester that biodegrades within a year, decaying much faster than conventional petroleum-based plastics. The creation of PLA, a bio plastic, involves bacterial fermentation, similar to the fermentation in the synthesis of PHAs. This fermentation creates lactic acid, which is then polymerized.   Furthermore,…

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Favorate products from CES 2014

Below is a list of links to exciting companies I saw at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas Afinia – 3D printers Stratasys – 3D printers Makerbot – 3D printer Leti – Maker of sensors and other components for advance devices Rii – makers of cool keyboards Robo 3D – 3D printers ZY LIghts – maker of…

3D printing and the law

Forbes Magazine talks about 3D printing & the law

Forbes published great article by Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on the emerging 3D printing business and established industries attempts to fight it. Shapiro wrote “3D printing is facing legal challenges. Established players in manufacturing are going after user-generated 3D file sharing sites, arguing that their intellectual property is ripped…

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3D printing disrupts the world order

Today your iphone case has traveled the world before it is ever was in your hand.  Currently, oil from the Middle East is shipped to China where it is turned into plastic with cheap labor.  That plastic is molded into a iphone case and shipped on to the US.  Then from a port on the…

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3D printed prosthetic arms in Sudan

Daniel Omar was only 14 the South Sudanese government dropped a bomb on rebel forces nearby, and the he lost both his arms.  With the help of philanthropist Mick Ebeling , co-founder and CEO of research firm Not Impossible Labs, Daniel  was able to feed himself for the first time in two years.  The printed arm and hand will give him…

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Adobe PhotoShop adds 3D printing support

This is the first first time 3D printing support has been added to a mainstream creative tool like Photoshop, says Adobe product manager Andy Lauta. “This is going to be an exciting opportunity for our consumer base. And it’s going to have a big impact on 3D printing industry as well.” With the popularity of 3D…

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3D printed arms in Uganda

The University of Toronto has partnered up with a hospital from Uganda and an NGO to 3D print prosthetics in order to speed up the process of helping Ugandan people who’ve lost a limb.  Professor Matt Ratto is using 3D scanning technology to scan patients arms and sending the scans to technicians who design customized prosthetic…

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3D printer made from e-waste in Africa

A man in West Africa created a 3D printer from e-waste he scavenged from local sources. Afate Gnikou of Togo used parts from old computers, scanners, and other e-waste to build what is thought to be the first 3D printer made mostly from discarded electronic items. The 33-year-old, who makes a living repairing cellphones and computers in…

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3d Printed Medical Devices

Remote villages, urban disasters and the battle fields are prime places where 3D printed medical tools can save lives.  The U.S. military has been investigating how to use 3D printing to solve supply chain issues involving front-line soldiers. Now, a group of Army and Navy researchers have developed a plastic surgical kit that can be…

Printing on-demand medical tools in Haiti

The aid group, iLab Haiti, is working with Haiti Communitere in Haiti  prototyping umbilical cord clamp for use in a local hospital that has severally limited supplies.  Doctors were using their surgical gloves to tie off the umbilical cord leaving the doctors with our gloves while delivering babies from mothers who sometimes had AIDS.  Using Makerbot machines and…

Waste Pickers to micro industrialists

Waste Pickers are persons that make a living or survive by scavenging trash dumps for re-sellable materials.  Some estimates state that 15 million people survive by picking waste.  A world bank study estimates that up to 2% of the world’s population depends on some form of trash to survive. A good place to start to…

3D printed hand

This is an amazing video of a man who built 3D printed replacement hand for himself after an industrial accident and changed the lives of many. Richard Van As, living in South Africa, and Ivan Owen, living in Washington State, collaboratively designed the Robohand.  Using a combination of email, video chat and 3D printing, these…