01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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05 Mar 2020

TSA Confiscated 3D-Printed Guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

In 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confiscated several 3D printed guns in passengers’ carry on baggage. On February 20, officials discovered a 3D gun in a passenger’s bag at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to a post issued by the TSA that highlights banned items, including the 3D guns.

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29 Jan 2020

States Sue Trump Administration Over 3D-Printed Gun Regulations

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have joined together to challenge the regulation of ghost guns, or 3D gun models available online, set in place by the Trump administration. The new rules put forth by the administration will go into effect in March and will effectively remove the software

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18 Feb 2019

How realistic are China’s plans to colonize the moon?

After China’s recent success in landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the country is planning three additional lunar missions that could lay the groundwork for China’s long term goal of establishing a lunar base. While this goal may strike some as a naive dream inspired by science-fiction

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27 Nov 2018

3-D Printer Body Armor is Great for the U.S. Army—and Terrorists

“U.S. Army researchers have devised a method to produce ceramic body armor, lightweight but strong, from a 3-D printer. Except that 3-D printers are meant to print out knickknacks, not flak jackets. Which meant that engineers had to hack into the printer to get the job done. Ceramic armor, light

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30 Jul 2018

3D-printing guns in your home? A Texas company just got the green light to give you instructions

In 2013, the U.S. State Department ordered a company to remove its online blueprints for a 3D printed plastic firearm for its violation of federal export laws (the instructions were downloaded abroad). Before its removal, however, it was downloaded 100,000 times. Five years of court battles later, the company has

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