Things you can print with a 3-D printer

Published: Monday, May 12 2014 12:17 a.m. MDT

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The first 3-D printed firearm was fired on May 5, 2013 and has since stirred up numerous debates about the possible dangers — or benefits — of allowing 3-D printed guns to go unregulated.

"A homemade gun built from schematics downloaded off the Internet is hardly new," Popular Mechanics' Adam Hadhazy wrote a few days after the first shot was fired.

But what the gun, known by its creators as "The Liberator," means for the possibilities of 3-D printing technology is unquestionably exciting.

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Cardston, Canada, 00

I can't imagine what might be possible with this. But the housing sounds like a wonderful use of it! Think of all the people who don't have homes who could afford them.

Bountiful, UT

If it ever gets to the point where these printers can print things out of metal, the government would have to ban the printers or any gun ban would not be effective.

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