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Bristol University students in the United Kingdom have been experimenting with 3D printing, and have unveiled the first machine capable of printing out useful, reliable ceramic objects. The 3D ceramic tableware printer prints a porcelain material which is touted as "superior" to what other printers on the market can produce. Taken commercially, such inventions could bring down both manufacturing cost and time of production.
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Size matters, at least to the makers of the Gigabot, a large format 3D printer capable of building objects 600mm x 600mm x 600mm, which is basically unheard of in today's desktop 3D printers.
After launching a Kickstarter campaign and reaching beyond $200,000 in funding, Gigabot creators re:3D hope to put a manufacturing-standard 3D printer in to the hands of small businesses worldwide.
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3D printed guns
While potentially placing guns in the unlicensed hands of the general public isn't the safest option, the development of weaponry using 3D printed parts is still innovative.
While Defense Distributed was the first to develop and release blueprints for 3D-printed parts focused on guns, a 3D-printed gun was later discovered on AR-15.com, showing the construction of a gun using the technology which successfully fired off 200 rounds without signs of complications.
The gun in question combined the normal body of a .22 caliber pistol with a printed lower receiver used in AR-15 assault rifles.
While innovative and potentially useful in the military, if everyone can print off their own guns, there's little point in gun control regulation.
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