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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: Impressive
By retrospooty on 5/6/2013 11:19:05 AM , Rating: 3
So many ways to kill. Hell look at what happened in Boston a few weeks ago... It goes to show you, if someone is set on killing people, they will get it done one way or another. "Guns dont kill people, nuts and bolts in a chem stew in a pressure cooker kills people".


RE: Impressive
By BRB29 on 5/6/2013 12:38:04 PM , Rating: 3
You're absolutely right but he's trying to say that now there's a new option for people bent on doing bad things. Not only that, it's as easy as operating a printer and downloading a file. It's also very easy to conceal, hide, dispose of and track. The other problem is that these guns can be made to look like it's something else.
Criminals now can have a little more peace of mind as their evidence trail can easily be disposed of.


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