Liquid metal 3-D printing could revolutionize how things are made

Liquid metal 3-D printing could revolutionize how things are made:

A father and son team in the START-UP NY program have invented a liquid metal printing machine that could represent a significant transformation in manufacturing. A breakthrough idea five years ago by former University at Buffalo student Zack Vader, then 19, has created a machine that prints three-dimensional objects using liquid metal.

Vader Systems is innovating and building the machines in a factory in the CrossPoint Business Park in Getzville. Zack’s father Scott, a mechanical engineer, is the CEO. Zack is the chief technology officer. His mother, Pat Roche, is controller.

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Swiss Watchmakers Use 3D Printing to Cut Costs of Bespoke Watches

Swiss watchmakers try out 3D printing that could cut costs, and allow making of bespoke watches:

Watchmakers have so far used 3D printing only to prototype parts, and their customers may baulk at loss of handmade tradition. Swiss chocolatiers look like beating them to market with a 3D product – instant chocolates

Swiss Watchmakers Use 3D Printing to Cut Costs of Bespoke Watches

H/t reader kevin a.

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3D Printed and Homemade ‘Ghost Guns’ Must Now Be Registered in California

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3D Printed and Homemade ‘Ghost Guns’ Must Now Be Registered in California:

Sacramento, CA — California law will no longer look the other way on homemade guns, or “ghost guns,” as gun control advocates call them. Building a gun from parts or a 3-D printer will soon require a background check. It will also require that a state-provided serial number be permanently fixed to the weapon.

Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed Assembly Bill 857 into law on Friday, much to the chagrin of gun rights groups. Brown had vetoed similar legislation in 2014, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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Need A Hand? Boy Gets Prosthetic Hand Made By 3-D Printer (Cost $5 vs. $30,000 Medical Device)

Need a Hand? Boy Gets Prosthetic Hand Made by 3-D Printer (Cost $5 vs. $30K Medical Device) (Global Economic Analysis, Oct 29, 2013)

What do you do when you cannot afford a $30,000 prosthetic hand that your son needs?

Two years ago, Paul McCarthy began searching for an inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands.

McCarthy came across a video online with detailed instruction on how to use a 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand for his son. McCarthy made a prosthetic hand for his son for a cost of $5 and free time on a 3D printer.

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3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot

3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot (LocalOrg, Jan 17, 2013):

Forbes has recently published an article about New York Congressman Steve Israel’s promise to ban 3D printed high capacity ammunition magazines. The congressman’s comments come after Defense Distributed, an open source DIY gunsmith group working to manufacture both guns and their accessories using 3D printing technology, successfully printed and tested a 30-round AR-15 magazine.

Congressman Israel stated:

“Background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print high-capacity magazines at home. 3-D printing is a new technology that shows great promise, but also requires new guidelines. Law enforcement officials should have the power to stop high-capacity magazines from proliferating with a Google search.”

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