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3D Printing

The process of manufacturing a three-dimensional object from a digital model by adding layers of materials

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New World Order

Is A Home 3D Printer Worth The Expense?

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12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A paper newly published in Mechatronics describes the work of a team of Michigan Tech researchers, who chose to study 20 common household items whose schematics are available on the 3D printing site Thingiverse. They used Google Shopping to determine the maximum ...

Inventing the Future

3D Printed Guns And Future Law

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Now that the US State Department has temporarily banned the release of schematics for 3D printed guns -- after they were downloaded over 100,000 times since their publication last week by the firearms manufacturer Defense Distributed -- writer Cory Doctorow wonders ...