There’s a lot you can do with a 3D printer. Now add “building a house in a day” to the list.
Make that 10 houses.
The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has printed 10 homes in 24 hours out of recycled materials.
I loved seeing this report about the Dad who printed his kid a cybernetic prosthesis. The unthinkable is always just around the corner, and next door.
Two years ago, Paul McCarthy began searching for an inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands. McCarthy came across a video online with detailed instruction on how to use a 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand for his son. Michelle Miller reports.
- Video: Boy gets prosthetic hand made by 3-D printer (cbsnews.com)
- Dad Makes a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for His Son for £6 (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Loving father built a prosthetic hand for his son with a 3D printer (sploid.gizmodo.com)
- This awesome dad 3-D printed a prosthetic hand for his son (now.msn.com)
- Dad Uses 3D Printer To Make His Son A Prosthetic Hand (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Dad 3D Printed A Prosthetic Hand For His Son (eteknix.com)
- Loving father built a prosthetic hand for his son with a 3D printer (jeremiahtillman.wordpress.com)
This is only the latest example of “augmented reality,” in which the material world is somehow enhanced by the digital. The implications of a 3D printed handgun are staggering enough before considering the myriad ways in which the digital continues to colonize the material. What is the impact on our legal and other societal systems, in which we respect the free flow of information, but there is increasing impetus to control firearms?
People have often seen cyberspace as separate from the physical world. But technologies like the augmented reality of Google Glass or the desktop manufacturing of three-dimensional printing are blurring that line. As the digital and physical converge, the results will have “a transformational effect on the nature of human experience,” says Matt Ratto, a critical-information scholar at the University of Toronto.For starters, people will be able to print gun parts.Mr. Ratto drove home that reality recently in an academic project that has provoked widespread discussion across Canada. Using the 3-D printer in his critical-making lab, housed at the university’s Robarts Library, he printed a nonworking handgun. It’s called the “Liberator.” Mr. Ratto and his colleagues assembled it from plastic components that were produced from a blueprint downloaded off the Web.
- The Professor Who Printed a Handgun (chronicle.com)
This has serious public health and safety implications. Cutting–edge technology threatens already precarious gun laws.
Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.
Now he has.
Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above. He’s agreed to let me document the process of the gun’s creation, so long as I don’t publish details of its mechanics or its testing until it’s been proven to work reliably and the file has been uploaded to Defense Distributed’s online collection of printable gun blueprints at Defcad.org.
- That 3D-Printed Handgun You’ve Been Waiting For Is Here (reason.com)
- 3D-Printed Gun Now Exists (outsidethebeltway.com)
- This Is The World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos) (forbes.com)
- Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun (politics.slashdot.org)
- Despite Skepticism, Cody Wilson Successfully 3D-Printed an Entire Gun (motherboard.vice.com)
- The printable gun has arrived (hotair.com)
- The first entirely 3D-printed handgun is here (arstechnica.com)
- Defense Distributed claims to have created the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun (theverge.com)
- The World’s First Entirely 3D Printed Gun (gizmodo.com)
- Silicon Alley Insider: The First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun Is Here (businessinsider.com)
Welcome to the latest therapeutic cyborgology. The possibilities are quite staggering. This is nothing new. When I was a kid, one of the dads involved with Cub Scouts had a metal plate in his head, courtesy of service to his country (Vietnam, if memory serves). This would be so much better.
3D printing technology has helped replace 75% of a patient’s skull with the approval of U.S. regulators.
The 3D-printed implant can replace the bone in people’s skulls damaged by disease or trauma, according to Oxford Performance Materials. The company announced it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its skull implant on Feb. 18 — a decision that led to the first U.S. surgical operation on March 4.
“We see no part of the orthopedic industry being untouched by this,” said Scott DeFelice, president of Oxford Performance Materials.
DeFelice’s company is already selling 3D-printed implants overseas as a contract manufacturer. But the FDA decision has opened the door for U.S. operations using the implants.
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (mashable.com)
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (livescience.com)
- 3D-Printed Polymer Skull Implant Used For First Time in US (medicaldaily.com)
- 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation (news.discovery.com)
- OsteoFab™ Patient Specific Cranial Device Receives 510(k) Approval (prweb.com)
- Oxford Performance Materials Now Able to 3D Print 75% New Skulls (medgadget.com)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approve 3-D Skull Implant (americanlivewire.com)