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Ashes to Filament : 3D Printing for Death

Exotic filament blends are coming to the 3D printing market every day, as startups around the world are competing to produce new filaments for 3D printers. These new filaments often combine the 3D printable properties of PLA with the desired artistic or performance qualities of the composite material. 3R3DTM  is a Spanish Basque Country startup company that is developing a…

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3D States of Matter: Digital, physical, or other?

A 3D printed castle

3D printing is quickly becoming the next great industrial revolution. What use to be made in bulk overseas can now be made on-demand domestically. As a disruptive technology, 3D printing is largely unregulated. To date US courts are struggling with how to even classify the digital files for 3D objects. Is a 3D printed gun a tangible object subject to…

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Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing

Listening for G code

Hearing the Loss of IP while 3D-Printing 3D printing and the internet has turned the idea of Intellectual Property (IP) on its head. For many people, the .stl files are seen as open source and free game to anyone who wants to 3D print them, even if there is copyright restrictions. In this generation that grew up file sharing on…

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Censoring 3D Printed Guns

Censored Gun

Are the digital files for 3D printable gun an object, an idea, or military secrets? How do we as a society designate the digital files for physical objects? Should we censor digital files the same way we have censored print media in the past? Can we even censor anything in the age of the internet? All of these are amazing…

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3D: Fear of Terrorism or Fear of Ideas?

Liberator 3D printed pistol.

      When I tell people I have a 3D printer, I get a lot of questions. Among the top 5 is “Can you 3D print a gun”?! In the US it has always been legal to make your own gun, and anyone with a drill press and some plumbing parts can make a working zip gun. 3D printed guns fall…

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