3D-printed gun did industry a ’service’ (Click Here for Article)

Author: microplus/Monday, 15 July 2013/Categories: 3D Printing News

The CEO of 3D Systems Avi Reichental says the man behind the 3D-printed gun has done the 3D printing industry a service.

Avi Reichental spoke at the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Chicago, he discussed the 3D-Printed Gun from a manufacturing stand point. What is remarkable about the 3D Printed Gun is not that people can make weapons in the homes. Reichental said people who are skilled enough with metal or plastic machinery have had this possibility for decades.

Reichental said. Equipped with 3D printers, everyday people can simply download a file and create an object that, in the past, might require years of training in engineering or manufacturing to build.

Two years ago, South African inventor Richard van As lost four fingers on his right hand in a woodworking accident. After learning that the prosthetics available to him would leave his right hand, which is his dominant hand, impaired for his life, he turned to 3D printing to create his own prosthetic. With some eventual help from MakerBot, Van As was able to create an operational 3D-printed prosthetic for his fingers, which he later dubbed the "Robohand."Since then, the Robohand has been used to replace fingers on four children in South Africa, and just last month the project reached its $10,000 funding goal on an Indiegogo campaign.

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