A Chinese Company 3D-Printed 10 Houses In A Day – Business Insider


3D-Printed House

Every day, I think we head closer to the world of cyberpunk, in this case to Neal Stephenson’s grand vision of The Diamond Age.

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.

via A Chinese Company 3D-Printed 10 Houses In A Day – Business Insider.

Kid Cyborg


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.

 

Consumer 3D Printing is Here


I am posting this from Staples, where I have just seen my first consumer 3D printer, Cube. At &1,299.99, it’s a very expensive toy, but one that university departments could possible afford. The future is rushing towards us headlong. I have one question at the moment: is the plastic BPA free?

20130831-152204.jpg

The Professor Who Printed a Handgun – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education


The Liberator

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.

via The Professor Who Printed a Handgun – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This Is The World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos) – Forbes


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.

via This Is The World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos) – Forbes.

3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation


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.

via 3D-Printed Skull Implant Ready for Operation.