Staples Now Selling 3-D Printers Online, First Fully 3-D Printed Gun Tested
May 6, 2013 9:41 AM
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First fully 3-D printed gun test fired
Staples has become the first major U.S. retailer to offer easy access to 3-D printers on its website. Staples is offering a printer by a company called 3D Systems known as The Cube. The 3-D printer is
available for $1,299
The Cube uses digital design files as blueprints to build physical three-dimensional objects layer-by-layer using plastic. The printer is capable of printing just about anything the user can dream up from action figures to iPhone docks and more.
Cube 3D Printer
The Cube can print products up to 5 1/2 inches on each dimension. Print media is available in 16 different colors and the printer ships with 25 design templates included.
Staples will also offer consumables for the 3-D printer online and in some of its stores.
Speaking of 3-D printers, a company called Defense Distributed recently tested the world's first completely 3-D printed gun. The only parts of the weapon not created using a 3-D printer are the firing pin, which is a nail, and the .380 caliber bullet. The weapon successfully completed a single test shot and misfired on an additional test shot.
When loaded with a more powerful 5.7 x 28 rifle cartridge the gun exploded.
You can watch the video of the test firing below:
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5/6/2013 11:15:20 AM
You only need to fire one shot and hit your target. At this size and being plastic, it's undetectable in most cases. When 3D printers are produced on mass scale, imagine how hard it would be to trace a weapon in an investigation.
Then we'd have a bunch of OJ Simpson-like crimes and many more books titling "If I did it"
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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