September 30, 2013 |
NASA is planning to send a 3-D printer into space and use it as a mini factory to churn out tools and instruments, sparing astronauts the hassle of lugging spare parts on each mission, according to a report. The printer is slated to go into space in the fall of 2014 on a supply mission, Associated Press said. NASA engineers envision a time when 3-D printers can print virtually any part that is needed and avert potential catastrophes in outer space. PHOTOS: Best states for doing business in 2013 "Any time we realize we can 3-D print something in space, it's like Christmas," Andrew Filo, a consultant with NASA on the printing project, told AP. "You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable.
September 17, 2013 |
The world's first guns made by a 3-D printer will join the ranks of some of the world's finest art. London's Victoria & Albert museum announced it's buying a pair of pistols, known as Liberators, for an undisclosed price to add to its Design Festival on display through Sept. 22. The museum, which has displayed priceless pearls from the Roman Empire and treasures from Russia's royal courts, purchased the pistols and some related parts from Defense Distributed, a nonprofit digital publisher that created the weapons.
July 28, 2013 |
Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry. But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall. The 37-year-old entrepreneur is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers.
June 20, 2013 |
Three-dimensional printing giant Stratasys Ltd. is venturing into the burgeoning consumer market for affordable 3-D printers by acquiring rival MakerBot Industries for $403 million in stock. Stratasys said the deal will enable the Eden Prairie, Minn., company to offer affordable desktop printers, which is Makerbot's specialty. The deal is yet another sign of the emerging market for consumer 3-D printers, which are machines that "print" 3-D objects typically by depositing layer upon layer of material following a software-created design.
June 17, 2013 |
For several years, Marie Calloway, 23, has explicitly described her lifestyle and sexual exploits on her blog. Now Calloway (a pseudonym she has used since the age of 19) has published a book, "what purpose did i serve in your life" ( Tyrant Books , $19), said to be an account of her sexual encounters. In "what purpose did i serve in your life," Calloway opens up about her relationships, which predominantly originate from cyber contact, as well as her sexual fantasies, largely involving self-degradation.
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May 8, 2013 |
Responding to new technology, state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) says he will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of 3-D printing devices to make usable firearms. Yee said he is alarmed by news reports that a plastic firearm has been designed and made with a 3-D printer and was able to fire bullets. A 3-D printer extrudes layers of plastic to produce almost any three-dimensional shape desired. Yee is concerned that guns made with 3-D printers can be untraceable and made by people who do not undergo background checks.