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Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap 199

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from the reprap-to-take-over-world dept.
hypnosec writes "Researchers have developed and open-sourced a low-cost 3D metal printer capable of printing metal tools and objects that can be build for under £1,000. A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Joshua Pearce at the Michigan Technological University developed the firmware and the plans for the printer and have made it available freely. The open source 3D printer is definitely a huge leap forward as the starting price of commercial counterparts is around £300,000. Pearce claimed that their technology will not only allow smaller companies and start-ups to build inexpensive prototypes, but it will allow other scientists and researchers to build tools and objects required for their research without having to shell out thousands, and could be used to print parts for machines such as windmills." It's a modified RepRap; looks like we're getting closer to the RepRap being able to print all of its parts.
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Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap

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  • by El Puerco Loco (31491) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @04:55AM (#45648499)

    More like the wingnuts who attempt to print their own guns will end up disarming, or at least dishanding themselves.

  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @05:14AM (#45648561)

    Either the US government rapidly steps in to quash or severely-restrict this technology in the US or their plans to disarm the US population will die stillborn.

    If you knew anything about guns, you'd know it only takes a few basic tools and materials to make a functional gun that goes bang without killing its user. You don't need a 3D printer. There's no way to disarm anybody in any circumstances.

    I love the smell of dying government tyranny in the morning.

    Wishful thinking... It's not the lack of guns that keeps your tyrannical government in place, it's the lack of courage in a population that has turned bovine, uneducated, and more interested in shopping and watching reality shows on TV than in fighting for liberty and moral principles.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @05:34AM (#45648633)

    Either the US government rapidly steps in to quash or severely-restrict this technology in the US or their plans to disarm the US population will die stillborn.

    If you knew anything about guns, you'd know it only takes a few basic tools and materials to make a functional gun that goes bang without killing its user. You don't need a 3D printer. There's no way to disarm anybody in any circumstances.

    I love the smell of dying government tyranny in the morning.

    Wishful thinking... It's not the lack of guns that keeps your tyrannical government in place, it's the lack of courage in a population that has turned bovine, uneducated, and more interested in shopping and watching reality shows on TV than in fighting for liberty and moral principles.

    It's kind of funny that Americans with all their guns seems to have a more tyrannical government than countries with fewer guns but a lot more political engagement from the population.

  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @05:49AM (#45648677)

    It's kind of funny that Americans with all their guns seems to have a more tyrannical government than countries with fewer guns but a lot more political engagement from the population.

    That's because most Americans have added two boxes to the four boxes of liberty [wikipedia.org]: the ice box and the idiot box. And they seem to have stopped using the four others.

  • by Sique (173459) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @08:42AM (#45649293) Homepage
    I can't remember one event in the history of the U.S. where guns in the hand of little people made the U.S. government rethink their policies and withdraw some legislation, measures or orders. Care to elaborate?

    (But I can cite several events where voting ballots in the hands of little people made the U.S. government to either change policies or itself.)

  • by Hognoxious (631665) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @09:03AM (#45649395) Homepage Journal

    It worked precisely once - when the US government was the British government.

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @09:26AM (#45649545) Journal
    You got cause and effect reversed. There are thousands of places in the world where anyone can buy/own any kind of weapon one wants. Most of them have crappy standard of living. Just look how many times guns were used against tyranny that produced enduring democracies instead of next set of tyrants? How many times freedom of expression against oppressors liberated people and created enduring democracies? Guns are the tools are up-and-coming tyrants against existing tyrants.

    The freedom of expression, used by people willing to suffer the consequences of standing up to tyrants, their ability to inspire millions of ordinary people to rise up against tyranny is what creates a thriving democracy with great standard of living. That is when warrior wannabes like you strut around claiming to be the cause. You are the effect, not the cause, of the first amendment.

    Trying your "second amendment solutions" against a lawfully elected government of the USA is rebellion, and it is constitutional for the government to put such insurrection using any means necessary. If the government is restrained it is because of the first amendment rights of people who would speak up against heavy handed tactics by the government. Definitely not because of your puny little glocks, brownings or bushmasters. Our army had been battling AK-47s and IEDs for ages now buddy, you don't stand a chance against our army. You are able to trash talk, only because we restrain our government against taking overt and open actions against US Citizens.

    Just look around you. People who used guns to overthrow tyrants became tyrants themselves. People who spoke out and inspired ordinary people to rise up against tyranny created enduring democracies. Only in such democracies crazy wingnuts are able to run around waving their guns thinking they somehow are the protection against tyranny.

  • by csumpi (2258986) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @10:33AM (#45650125)

    You got cause and effect reversed.

    You got the whole point missed. Right to bear is not medicine. It's vaccine.

  • by sycodon (149926) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @10:47AM (#45650277)

    With this technology, guns will be a side show. Yes, people will make them and there will be much bloviation about that, but the real impact will be on local economies.

    Open any phone book or Google for any city, "machine shop"; there will be hundreds. They are the foundation of any kind of manufacturing economy. My company deals with at least 20 different shops, parceling out work to meet shipping deadlines and lower costs. When this technology matures to the point where it is as ubiquitous as a CNC mill or lathe, you will see turn around times crash and labor shift from skilled machinists to skilled CAD engineers (good or bad...you decide). It's conceivable that the actual making of a part becomes almost a lights out operation.

    Hang on to your hats, this will be a game changer in the world economy.

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