Posts Tagged ‘3d printing’

A group of scientists has developed a way to 3d-print fingerprints, from 2-d scans (the type you normally get from existing fingerprint scanners) in order to “help manufacture better fingerprint scanning technology.”

Who’s got dibs on the website where you can download someone’s set of fingerprints, put them on your own hands, and go commit whatever unspeakable acts you desire?

Can I get a complete Deluxe Congress Combo Pack?

The 3D Printing Witch Hunt begins

Posted: October 25, 2013 in News
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The Manchester Police, as part of a greater anti-gang organized raid operation, siezed a 3d printer and what they call “suspected gun parts.”

Here, you see what they call a gun clip, which is actually a piece that holds the plastic filament spool of the printer… 3d-printed-gun-factory-uk-police-1

And here, a “trigger” which is really just part of a filament extruder assembly…


But oh, they are making the world a safer place! They *could* print weapons, you see. Big deal. Someone with bad intentions *could* kill you with a hammer or a kitchen knife, and anyone can buy those anywhere. Or with bare hands, in which case what are you going to do? Why go through the trouble of 3d printing when any hardware store will get you what you need for far less, far faster?

The police changed their initial statement after online uproar from people who actually know a thing or two about 3d printing pointed out that these “gun parts” they were raiding for were nothing more than upgrade parts for the 3d printer they siezed:

“We need to be absolutely clear that at that this stage, we cannot categorically say we have recovered the component parts for a 3D gun.”


Two reporters claim to have “printed the first plastic gun in the UK” and took it on Eurostar without it being detected.

Well, duh. It’s a harmless piece of plastic:

“We did not attempt to smuggle the firing pin or bullet for safety and legal reasons, but small metal items could be easily concealed.”

So, then, what was the point? There was none. Without a firing pin or a bullet, what use is the item they took with them on the train? None. It’s as useless as a hammer without hand to swing it, or as useless as an empty beer can. As dangerous as a toy gun.

Gee, you’d think that with all those metal detectors meant to look for metal, that they would see metal if they went looking for metal. So if we don’t put metal in it, it won’t be seen as metal. What rocket science! Hooray for England!

Then, you might ask yourself: how can it be dangerous, without its metal parts?

Quick moron answer: It can’t be.

Therefore I suggest that in the future, said reporters avoid using statements like “Weapon capable of firing a live round smuggled on to packed Eurostar,” and, “the reporters were able to assemble the pieces to create a fully functional firearm.” It was neither capable of firing a live round, nor fully functional.

I also really doubt it is the first one in the UK. The plans have been out for several days and they are not the only ones with a 3d printer. Don’t get ahead of yourselves, kids. More than 100,000 people downloaded DefCad’s Liberator before the Nazis played their censor card, and I can guarantee you that just about anyone with a 3d printer and thoughts of Liberty are printing one as I type this.

This stunt is just another display of English gun ignorance and an attempt by fascist fearmongers to make the sheep of the world afraid of 3d printing and guns.

“Last night, security experts and politicians said they were horrified at the implications of our investigation. Lord West, the former Labour security Minister, called for a review to see how the ‘extremely dangerous’ weapons could be better detected.”

What a surprise that those who have a monopoly on force feel threatened that just about anyone can now print their own firearms. Short of thorough body cavity searches, you can’t detect them better. Time to make peace with the fact that you are obsolete, “security experts and politicians.”

“Authorities should be extremely worried. The obvious danger is that if you have the ability to print out a gun on a 3D printer from a blueprint downloaded online, then the probability is that a terrorist has that capability as well. which could have devastating consequences. They could potentially cause a problem at 38,000ft that would cause the aircraft to crash or be hijacked.” says Chris Yates, an aviation security analyst.

You know, if everyone can print a gun, maybe it would be a fine sight to see: a terrorist pulls out his 3d printed firearm, shouts “Allah Akhbar” and then is promptly ventilated by 100 other people around him who all have their own 3d printed firearms. That would make all of this “security” nonsense unnecessary.

Perhaps people have forgotten that you can still use your hands or other body parts to take the life from another person. A pen? A pencil? Your house keys? Just about anything that you can still find in an airplane can be used to kill someone.

They still give you metal cutlery in first class!

Or, maybe, just maybe, if people were not harassed when they go about their business with the mindset of common self-defense without anyone or anything getting in the way of it, we could just buy guns openly, and we wouldn’t need to use 3d printing technology to protect ourselves.

The New Zealand Minister of Customs, Maurice Williamson, said on a morning radio show that he is “very afraid” about what 3D printers will do to border security.

To which I say, “Good.”

You see, the ability to send a file through the internet and have it printed anywhere a printer physically exists is (a) what the world needs, and (b) something that will make invisible lines in the dirt (ie: nation-states) irrelevant. And something that, as a result of that, will make politicians irrelevant. Which is their worst fear.

If you follow the math of his statement, Maurice Williams is “very afraid” that he will be made irrelevant by 3D Printers.

To which I say, “Good.”

Because that’s all that politicians, statists, and their associated sycophants really deserve.

Clearly, Minister Williams knows all there is to know about 3D Printing, because I am super-extra-sure he had a good background education in engineering and technology, and has his own 3D Printer in his house… right.

“If people could print off … sheets of Ecstasy tablets at the party they’re at at that time, that just completely takes away our border protection role in its known sense,” he says.

Riiiight… well, first, I say, “GOOD!” followed by “You moron; you should know, in your vast experience with 3D Printing, that people can’t even print a burrito or waffle yet, and making drugs in crack labs is still by far more profitable than engineering a 3d printer to do it. AND… cake icing here and major slap-in-the-face: if they can get all the ingredients that go into Ecstasy pills and know the chemical processes necessary to make the stuff in the first place, what the hell do they need a 3D Printer for???”

A machine to make pills from paste is much simpler than a machine to print stuff in 3D. Unless you wanted a giant Ecstasy pill shaped like Yoda.

Why don’t you just come out and say that you’re afraid, and that you want everyone else to be more afraid than you, so you’ll appear to be relevant?


On a somewhat backwardly-related note, I have been chatting with Chilenos online in an effort to (a) understand their culture better, and (b) improve my Spanish, though “improving” it may be a bit of a stretch as most other Spanish speakers declare Chilensis to be the worst of the worst (like comparing the Queen’s English to West Virginia Redneck).

Anyways, one of the things that keeps coming up from both myself and the recipients of my quite excellent Spanish skills, is the student protest movement. This group of rabblerousers impeded my ability to walk home the other day due to a massive demonstration a block away from where I live. I was quite angry with them. In addition, their destruction of property in the past hasn’t won them any of my sympathy. To add icing to the cake, their demonstrations have shut down public transit which has delayed or completely impeded the arrival of workers helping with my apartment renovation several times, delaying things and costing me money. The cherry on top: I have been the recipient of their lovely second-hand tear gas 3 times so far, and so I now award them with the prize of Official ExpatBob Contempt (TM).

“Derechos Humanos (Human Rights!),” they shout. Bullshit. You have no RIGHT to education. Education is a service. Having a RIGHT to someone else’s SERVICE? There’s a word for that: SLAVERY, and we did away with it because it violated the most basic of basic human rights.

So what happened to my Derechos Humanos to walk peacefully without being obstructed, hassled, and shaken down? Fuck you, Chilean students. And Up Yours, border controls and customs (poor segue, but hey, whatever. You get blog rants for free).

Chilenos complain about their expensive crappy education, and they want someone else to pay for their expensive crappy education. Why not just go buy it from somewhere else (or get it for free on this newfangled thing called The Internets and The Google).

I have always wanted a Ferrari. And so in order to get one, I do not go to the Ferrari dealership and start smashing things and protesting that I want a Ferrari and how dare they deny me access to their fine cars, the greedy capitalist pig-dogs! Derechos humanos!

But no, instead I work hard and save up, and maybe someday I will decide that I can’t take it all with me so what the hell, I’ll go for it, buy that Ferrari, and be that old fart douchebag with hot chicks you can’t afford in the awesome car you can’t afford. Until that moment, however, I peacefully long for my Ferrari and its requisite gold-digging bikini girls. Because this is the way it should be– if you want something, you save for it. If you can’t afford to buy it yourself, you probably don’t need it. That’s the peaceful way to get something done: do it your damned self!