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The Cubify line produces bigger and more useful projects and comes with playful items, such as a purse or a playable guitar. But the projects are limitless.
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Jim Kors is well along the development trail with another 3D wonder, the printed car. His three-wheel Urbee II is built from AVS plastic that's much lighter than metal. It's being built with plastic safety measures, such as a roll cage. Several parts can also be combined to make easier to build. See ZDNet's sister site SmartPlanet's report.
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The biggest fear of 3D printing would be allowing people to print their own 3D guns and other dangerous devices. Amateur gunsmith Michael Guslik produced the lower frame of an AR-15 and used off-the-shelf products to finish the weapon — that works.
The firearm in question is a .22-caliber rifle developed by Wisconsin engineer and amateur gunsmith Michael Guslick. Using his Stratasys 3D printing machine and blueprints downloaded from the internet, Guslick successfully printed the lower receiver — or frame — of an AR-15 rifle, and turned it into a gun.