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3-D Printing

British police seize parts from 3-D-printed gun

A 3D printer used to make plastic gun components was found by officers during a raid on suspected gang members in the Bagley area of Manchester. Photo: AP

British police say they have seized components of a gun made from plastic on a 3-D printer.

The Greater Manchester Police force says a plastic magazine and trigger were seized along with a 3-D printer in a raid against suspected gang members.

Friday, 25 October, 2013, 6:33pm

Nasa cargo ship Cygnus makes delivery to International Space Station

Cygnus attached to the space station's arm. Photo: AP

Nasa's newest delivery service has made its first shipment to the International Space Station, another triumph for the booming commercial space arena that has its sights set on launching astronauts.

1 Oct 2013 - 3:13am

Nasa to test 3-D printer as flying supply factory in space

Tools and parts made by a 3-D printer at Made in Space, which is working with Nasa to see what can be produced in space. Photo: AP

Nasa is preparing to launch into space next year a 3-D printer, a toaster-sized device that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.

1 Oct 2013 - 2:43am

High-res 3-D model of brain will put flood of new discoveries into context

A microtome is used to cut the brain of a 65-year-old woman into slices for scanning and digital reconstruction.

Scientists have created the highest resolution three-dimensional digital model yet made of a human brain, showing features as small as 20 micrometres across - thinner than a human hair and almost on the scale of individual cells.

22 Jun 2013 - 3:44am

China pins hopes on 3-D printing to boost its car, aerospace industries

3-D printing enables the creation and manufacture of three-dimensional objects of almost any shape without machining. Photo: AFP

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, enables the creation and manufacture of three-dimensional objects of almost any shape without machining, moulding or assembly.

The power of the technology is expected to help the mainland's manufacturers make higher-end goods. Still, there are limits to its practical application.

15 Jun 2013 - 3:29am

Desktop 3-D printers raise concerns after plastic handgun row

The late Hong Kong jewellery tycoon Lam Sai-wing with the solid gold toilet he created using 3-D printing technology. Photo: Dickson Lee

While cheaper, more functional 3-D printers are suddenly hitting the headlines, Hong Kong first saw the fruits of the technology more than a decade ago. Invented by American Chuck Hull in 1984, 3-D printing, or stereolithography, was introduced into Hong Kong by jewellery tycoon Lam Sai-wing a decade later. 

29 May 2013 - 5:46am

3-D printers help China jet development take off

Illustration: Martin Megino

Creating a miniature plastic aeroplane using a household computer and a 3-D printer is no longer just a dream for aircraft enthusiasts. But what about printing out a real plane?

29 May 2013 - 6:02am

Ban on 3-D printed Liberator handgun in US backfires

Parts of 'The Liberator' which is being touted as the world's first 3-D printable handgun. Photo: EPA

Virtual blueprints for the world's first 3-D printable handgun found a safe harbour at file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, dodging a US government attempt to pull them off the internet.

12 May 2013 - 7:28am

Activists up in arms over 3D-printed plastic gun

Activists up in arms over 3D-printed plastic gun

Computer blueprints to create a plastic handgun almost entirely from parts made with a 3D printer have gone online, alarming gun control advocates after it was successfully test-fired by its inventor.

8 May 2013 - 10:43am

Lab Report

Oxford scientists have custom-built a 3-D printer that can create a new type of material with the properties of living tissues

Oxford University scientists have custom-built a 3-D printer that can create a new type of material with the properties of living tissues.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:27am

Short Science, April 7, 2013

A solar flare erupts on the sun's northern hemisphere. Photo: AP

British scientists have used a custom-made 3-D printer to make living tissue-like material that could one day serve medical purposes, according to findings published in US journal Science.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:43am

3-D gadgets without the glasses

A 3-D image of an Hewlett Packard logo. Photo: AFP

Fancy watching a movie on your mobile phone, where figures leap out from the screen in 3-D, rather as Princess Leia did in that scene from Star Wars? That's the claim made by US researchers, who on Wednesday reported they had made a display which gives a three-dimensional image that can be viewed without special glasses and is intended for cellphones, tablets and watches.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:56am

That makes two of us: How bioengineers are using 3D printing to create body parts

Lawrence Bonassar of Cornell University shows the ear made by a 3-D printer. Photo: AFP

It was used to create haute couture dresses at January's Paris Fashion week, Valentine's Day chocolates in the shape of a person's face in Japan and, possibly soon - the European Space Agency is toying with this idea - a lunar base on the moon.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:46am