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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:

Sources: CNN, Forbes

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RE: conjoined
By dgingerich on 5/6/2013 11:18:13 AM , Rating: 3
The last time I flew somewhere, I made sure to leave everything metallic except my phone and keys back home, and then packed my car keys before I checked my luggage, to make it easier to get through security. Little did I know, I left one dime, the smallest, thinnest US coin, in between a couple bills in my pocket. The metal detector spotted it, and I had to go through that extended pat down procedure. I almost missed my flight because of that stupid dime.

While the nail just might be able to make it through the detector, a .380 round certainly would not.

RE: conjoined
By bsd228 on 5/6/2013 4:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
While the nail just might be able to make it through the detector, a .380 round certainly would not.

The results from the various airport red tests, where they attempt to pass entire loaded guns through security checks, suggests that a single 380 round has pretty good chances. And every so often we hear about CCW folks who forgot they had a gun in their briefcase and then admit it mid flight, forcing a flight diversion. For each of those people, figure 100 more wisely keep their mouth shut and let the plane continue on plan.

Though if it does show up, the TSA people are going to search you pretty thoroughly by hand. 'I forgot a bullet in my pocket' is not a good story for them.

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