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November 13, 2013 by

A Texas company, Solid Concepts, has created the first metal gun using a 3D printer and a public domain design of an M1911. They built it using over thirty 3D-printed parts and boasted an accurate shot from more than 30 yards away. According to their blog, the gun is also capable of shooting at least 50 rounds.

 

The company was quick to quell fears that almost anyone can now 3D print a gun, under the radar of law enforcement. They specified that an ordinary desktop 3D printer and your average person do not possess the capabilities to recreate the product.

 

They mentioned that the industrial printer used cost more than private college tuition, and it was run by expert engineers who study and know 3D printing better than anyone does. They are also a licensed firearm manufacturing facility and any customer wishing to have a part for their firearm printed must be qualified to do so.

 

The point they were trying to make, stated in their blog, is that 3D printing is ready for mainstream manufacturing. Instead of spending time debunking all of the individual myths surrounding 3D printing, they decided a better idea was to produce a viable object, which would accomplish that for them.

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November 12, 2013 by

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez has created and released a free software program designed to hide or damage the true code of 3D blueprints. Only someone with the app and key code can unscramble or reverse the damage on the file to retrieve the contents. He has named the 3D printing encryption app Disarming Corruptor and makes it easy for people to share files under the guise of legal or non-copyrighted items.

 

Law enforcement and patent trolls will both have a difficult time while searching for files that are breaking laws. They must first be able to recognize what the damaged file contains, which is impossible to know. They then need the specific 7-digit code to unlock and repair the file. According to Plummer-Fernandez, any incorrect key codes will only damage the file further.

 

The app is currently only available for Mac OSX, but the creator is busy building Disarming Corruptor exports for both Linux and Windows platforms.

 

This is an ingenious idea, which will no doubt be used by lawbreakers and people wishing to keep their ideas private alike. If you were to invent a 3D blueprint for an object that you wanted to patent, using Disarming Corruptor would keep the idea private and hidden from everyone except the people with whom you wish to share it.

 

There are some interesting photos located on Matthew Plummer-Fernandez’ site. A video also shows the process and the app allows the users to repair the file and start over if the object is not damaged and unrecognizable enough for their liking.

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November 4, 2013 by

With all the products and printers they have to offer, it’s almost difficult to believe Samsung doesn’t already have at least one mono laser printer out on the market already. The news is accurate however, and Samsung has released its first monochrome laser printer.

 

They are focusing on productivity in small and medium businesses, and monochrome laser printers are known to be cost-effective and fast, both necessary for enterprise growth and eventual profit.

 

The new model, ProXpress M4020, is capable of printing up to 40 pages per minute. If you’ve ever stood by a printer while it is working its magic, you’ll know that 40 pages per minute is fast!

 

The new monochrome laser printer model also features the use of ReCP technology (Rendering Engine for Clean Pages), which helps improve readability through high-resolution printing and edge enhancement, a Samsung trademark. This technology even helps remove toner showing through the paper on double-sided prints.

 

The Samsung ProXpress M4020 comes equipped with a 4.3-inch color touch screen, 1GB of memory, scan-to-cloud, security enhanced functions, Samsung’s web-based open platform architecture, XOA Web (eXtensible Open Architecture), and supports the use of a 4GB SD card.

 

We will be waiting to hear the reviews. Let us know what you think if you have tried it!

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October 30, 2013 by

Brother has introduced a new workgroup-focused inkjet printer with breakthrough capabilities. The HL-S7000DN inkjet model is comparable in speed and per-page printing costs with laser printers, which have previously cornered the market for medium – large sized workgroups and offices.

 

The new high-speed Brother inkjet printer with low-cost printing offers workgroups and offices the ability to save time, energy, and money – three things that all offices and workgroups can benefit from.

 

This new model prints monochrome pages at impressive speeds of up to 100 pages per minute, while also offering an environmentally friendly 66% reduction in energy costs. Brother’s HL-S7000DN offers incredibly low-cost prints at less than 1¢ per page (monochrome), which is often cheaper than its laser printing counterparts.

 

Its features are more than just speed and cost-effectiveness however. It offers 2-sided printing, wireless and Ethernet connectivity, a 600-sheet paper capacity, expandable to 2,100 sheets with optional additional paper trays, professional-quality output, and a high monthly volume printing capability.

 

The HL-S7000DN offers much to offices and workgroups, giving you the option of being able to replace your existing printer(s) with one cost-effective unit.

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October 25, 2013 by

Good news for business owners and anyone who relies on tablets for on-the-go computing – Microsoft has released a series of tablets that are closer to a tablet and computer hybrid. Using Intel processors, they are capable of running actual software, not just your regular apps designed to work on a tablet or smartphone.

 

This means you are not limited to what your chosen apps can do while you are waiting to get to your computer; you can accomplish everything you need to do right on your tablet. Of course, using an 8” or 10” tablet screen may still be an issue for many people, but you will have the option to utilize the full software in a more compact manner. Even laptops can be cumbersome at times.

 

The new series of tablets run on Windows 8.1 operating system. They can all be used with an optional wireless keyboard, making the creation of documents easier. The full operating systems also make the tablets capable of being paired with a printer.

 

Windows-based tablets have been released much later than others have, but it looks as though Microsoft has spent the time listening and responding to user feedback. The results are a tablet and PC hybrid suitable for students, business owners and employees, and even home-based users.

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October 21, 2013 by

Brother has introduced eight new printers designed especially for home and small offices. They are all compact and have a sleek, attractive construction.

 

Four of them are multifunction 4-in-1 units offering printing, copying, scanning, and faxing capabilities. The other four models are multifunction 3-in-1 units offering printing, copying, and scanning.

 

The eight models range in price from $99 to $199, and all offer different specifications and features.

 

Some similarities are that they all use a 4-cartridge ink system so you only have to change the color that has run out, and they are all capable of printing photos. They all have a 100-sheet paper tray capacity, offer similar print speeds, and all but one model works with Brother’s free apps for interacting with photos and mobile printing from your smartphone devices.

 

Aside from those similarities, their features are quite different. Some have LCD displays, some offer 2-sided printing, and some offer an automatic document feeder. However different they may be, you are very likely to find a model that suits your needs among this group of new Brother printers for home and small offices.

 

Read more about each model’s specifications and features.

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October 14, 2013 by

We aren’t yet using 3D printing on a widespread consumer level, and its technology is still being researched and perfected, yet people are already discussing 4D printing. In fact, the United States Army Research Office is funding three 4D printing research projects with a combined amount of $855,000.

 

So what is 4D printing? 4D printing represents changes in the 3D printed objects themselves. It aims to produce items that can make changes within, and even assemble themselves, without the assistance of outside manual labor. Some examples are a flat piece of plastic that folds into a box, and a malleable chain that turns into a rigid format, both when immersed in water.

 

Future ideas include roads that can repair themselves after cracking or potholes occur, and clothing that can change sizes as your weight fluctuates. The possibilities would be endless.

 

3D printing has widely brought our attention to the amazing technologies available, and while there are many various advantageous uses of 3D printing, 4D printing would make the need to print a new object for every different use obsolete. If objects can change shape, they are instantly capable of taking the place of many objects.

 

While 4D printing is on the horizon, and it is an amazing thought, there is at least one type of object that can’t be used before it changes into a new use – food! People are successfully experimenting with 3D printed food at this point, and when you eat the object, there is nothing left to morph. Watch a video of a pizza made by a 3D printer.

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October 9, 2013 by

Epson is releasing their first direct-to-garment printer, the SureColor SC-F2000. Available in November, printing your own t-shirts or other items up to 25mm thick is a fun and exciting way to use printing technology at home or business.

 

The SureColor SC-F2000 boasts high quality prints with low maintenance and running costs. The ink is soft and crack resistant, making it an ideal choice for any home or business offering t-shirt design and print services.

 

For businesses looking to figure out pricing, or a return on investment, Epson’s new garment printer also offers a calculation of the amount of ink used for each print job; simple math will tell you the cost of the ink used.

 

The garment printer is bundled with Epson’s design software so users can get creative with their printed images and designs. It prints at a resolution of 1440×1440 dpi, offering smooth edges and contours.

 

The ink used is vibrant and eco-friendly, as it doesn’t contain any harmful substrates.

 

This unit is also quite speedy, and claims not to take more than 2 minutes to print a t-shirt design, no matter what color of fabric you are printing. This speed is ideal for small to medium sized commercial business use; your turnaround time would be very quick.

 

If you decide to use this printer at home, you may have to keep it out of the reach of children, who may decide to print on all of their clothing while you are sleeping!

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October 8, 2013 by

One of the greatest technological breakthroughs in the computer and printer industry since 3D printing makes your regular inkjet printer capable of printing a working computer!

 

Still in its idea phase, this breakthrough is truly amazing. Steve Hodges of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, along with Yoshihiro Kawahara and his team from the University of Tokyo have figured out how to print the fine electronic circuit lines onto photo-quality paper using your inkjet printer.

 

The circuit lines can be printed using a special ink with nanoparticles, and tested. Currently, 3D printing lacks the ability to print the conductive elements inside components. The inventors say their idea fills the void in 3D printing.

 

They tested the printed circuit lines using an $80 inkjet printer with photo-quality paper, and found that it worked well. They administered the test on a printed moisture sensor with two circuits.

 

There is no soldering involved as it would only burn through the paper, but the use of a conductive glue to attach the pieces and lines together.

 

They talk of one day being able to hit “print” and printing out your own mobile phone or other computer parts. They also talk of being able to tear off a piece of your working circuit lines, which can be attached to other circuit lines to form another device.

 

Your regular inkjet printer just got a lot more exciting.

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October 7, 2013 by

Troy representatives are on hand to deliver live demonstrations of their new secure printing solutions in Bangkok, Thailand from October 7th-9th.

 

This is the second time Troy has presented their secure document printing solutions at the High Security Printing Conference. They are showing 3 new printer models this time, guaranteed to offer the latest in secure printing.

 

The most interesting is a UV printer, using UV toner. You can select hidden areas for encryption with UV toner, which will show only under UV light.

 

This means people can’t print or copy things such as coupons, tickets, or offers that are only meant for production on a limited basis. You would be able to see the difference between the authentic coupons and any fakes.

 

It would also be ideal for encryption on checks and other sensitive financial documents. It is difficult for people to forge documents if they don’t know where to put the UV-encrypted message, or what the message should be.

 

It may take a while for this to catch on, as people and businesses would need to have a UV light ready for reading the encrypted information, as well as purchase the UV printer and toner for printing their own secure documents. However, it is a great idea that helps bring us one step closer to being safe and secure in the digital world.

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