A Study Of 3D Printing. What Is 3D Printer? Should A License Be Mandatory?


  1. Microsoft has been using 3 D printing since long. It has a Model shop where prototypes have been regularly printed in 3D. Mouse, Phone prototypes and other parts have been regularly printed & tested using this technique. Even recently, Surface prototypes were prepared using this tech.

  2. I find the statement, “Disturbingly enough 3D printing has been employed to create prototypes of guns”, disturbing! I read the article to learn about 3d printing, not the authors opinions on gun control

  3. And so, then, max, you’re, obviously, a gun rights person who abhors anyone’s challenging your Second Amendment rights…

    …by challenging their First Amendment ones.

    Do I have it about right? (a rhetorical question; don’t bother answering)

    Here’s a question, max, that you actually CAN answer (though I already know you won’t do so truthfully): Did you even KNOW anything about 3D printing before the recent news about how plastic guns capable of getting through airport security could be made using it? And so isn’t it true that THAT’s why you came here to learn about it?

    You, me, and God all know that you did; and so, that being the case, how is that one can make a gun using 3D printing — and, worse, that it could end-up in the hands of YOUR likes — not disturbing?


    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  4. Actually Greg, when they were talking about a 3D gun printed, I was thinking of something in terms of z angle. It was only after they said it fired real bullets, I understood this is much more than just an extra angle. A research showed both how useful as well as dangerous this could be. Then, the point that came into mind was how to control and use it for good.

    Don;t know about Max but I sure dug into the topic only after the gun thing made news!

  5. TO: Arun Kumar

    I appreciate that which has now made the subject interesting to you; and I agree.

    My comment was aimed entirely at “max” and his obvious position against gun control in the US which I am likely better able to recognize than you might be, simply because I’m in the US where the gun control debate rages — and I’m embroiled in said debate — and you’re not. I recognize max’s words in a way that may not be as obvious to those outside the US; and that’s fine: I’m now simply trying to make clear, here, why I so called him on his words.

    To be clear, I’m in favor or gun control; and am, in fact, an activist for it in the US. Those like, clearly, max, who abhor gun control have become ultra sensitive to calls for it, of late, because of the US citizenry’s generally negative reaction a new spate of shootings in the US, from just this past Sunday’s rampage in New Orleans…

    http://bit.ly/18LM7K2 (Wikipedia)

    …back to last December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut…

    http://bit.ly/10GQTSC (Wikipedia)

    …and everything both in between, and dating back to long before. Just in the past few months, though, gun rights proponents, like, obviously, max, are feeling pressure being placed on those alleged rights (which I argue don’t really exist; see my Newsvine article linked to near the end of this comment) by a public call for increased US governmental control of gun ownership.

    So sensitive have people like max become about it that they cannot tolerate even the slightest negative comment — or even hint of one — about guns. Max, who’s obviously a gun rights proponent, clearly interpreted your “[d]isturbingly enough 3D printing has been employed to create prototypes of guns” to be negative regarding guns. And so he chastised you for even writing it…

    …and recognizing that as the very sort of intolerance that’s typical of gun-rights proponents, I called him on it. Because you’re not in the US, and so may not fully grasp all the subtleties and nuance of the debate, you may not have recognized that that’s what was going on, there. Again, that’s okay; and now that I’ve explained it, here, it will hopefully be at least a LITTLE bit more clear to persons outside the US. If it felt like I was attacking max, it’s because I sorta’ was; but only because he attacked you, first.

    One refreshing thing that your reaction reveals to me, though, is how wonderful it must be to live someplace, such as where you live, where no one’s arguing about it! [grin]

    Now, just watch, though: the typical anger and back-handed arguing technique of such as max will cause either him or another of his compadres, here, to respond that if I’m so impressed with living in such a place as that, then maybe that’s where I should go live. Such is all part of the “love America or leave it” both attitude and argument of conservatives (usually Republicans, in the US) who don’t realize that dissent, as a means of contributing to the democratic process of being an American citizen, is one of the most patriotic things we can do.

    But refusing to see that, and demanding that anyone who doesn’t like how things are in America should just leave it, is how intolerant and unfair such as max tend to be; and it’s a classic example of how they argue. Of course, now that I’ve predicted that that’s what they’ll chime-in and write about me, here, they probably won’t. They hate it when we can either predict or recognize their arguments, and then call them on it. That’s probably, in fact, why max hasn’t responded, because he, I and God all know that I’m right.

    To learn more about where I stand on guns, and why, see my August 2012 article on the NBC-owned “Newsvine” website:

    http://bit.ly/13vtoPJ (Newsvine article)

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  6. Wow. I did not know there was a larger canvas to all that above. Thank you for explaining it to me. And sure I will go through your Newsvine article to know more about the issue. Thanks again 🙂

  7. You can say that. Every machine – from pen to cars to jet and nuclear missiles – are assemblies. But then, no machine is shown disassembled because then, people won’t understand what is that screw/nut for – will it be used in a calculator or a remote bomb detonator?
    And it is not impractical for the 3D printer to print the case if that is what you are referring to. If it can make parts, it can make cases too! BTW, talks are on about the Star Trek replicator that can print food. Looking forward to install one in my home – for coffee, chocolate and orange soda.

  8. Life Saving aspect of 3D Printers – not taken up mainstream media. Via (Techland)
    Doctors saved a baby’s life using 3D printer. The baby’s breathing tubes were weak. They got clearance to create an artificial airway that would keep the baby’s breathing tubes open so that it can breathe. The media that made much noise about 3D guns, should have reported this highly positive story but most of them chose to ignore the story. Here is the link to full story:

  9. There’s always a good and bad side to everything – 3D printers included. I agree. Instead of worrying about making gun parts, tell about the good that can be done. By the way, some of the gun still has to be metal. The printer can’t do it all – yet.

  10. Great! Another great innovation in technology gets taken over by politics! To begin with the statement of licensing for buyers of 3D printers – you may as well call it another tax or better another attempt to kill the “free enterprise spirit” in the United States.

  11. Will we need a license to own a milling machine, how about a metal lathe, hell a hand file. All of these can produce a gun. How about a license to buy a piece of metal water pipe. You can make a single shot , shotgun with that. What about a machete, you can kill quite a few people with those. Man this ridiculous liberal world we live in. Every tool can be used for good or evil. Its evil in the heart of man that needs to be controlled, not tools. Hell I saw a guy kill 3 men with a pencil, a pencil ! Just kidding, that was from the movie John Wick 😉

  12. Pencil? Haha. You hv to see a South India movie where the actor cuts off ppl using a banana. Seriously. However, ur message is right. Anything, physical or abstract, can b used for both good and bad. Depends on person wielding that thing. Wishing u a Merry Christmas n a happy new year 🙂

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