Posts Tagged ‘3D printing’

  • 3D printed handguns seized in Queensland

    The 3D printer allegedly used to manufacture handguns (photo: Queensland Police).

    Queensland Police recovered three handguns, thought to have been manufactured using a 3D printer, during a raid on a house at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast. Officers also discovered false driver’s licences and credit cards allegedly made using a card printer and scanning equipment.

    Two of three handguns found by police (photo: Queensland Police).

    “The three handguns and various weapon parts seized were allegedly produced by a 3D printer over the last two months and capable of being fired,” according to a police statement.

    A 27-year-old Mudjimba man was arrested on a number of charges including possessing dangerous weapons, supplying dangerous drugs, fraud and possession of equipment for the purpose of committing an offence.

    The second printer seized in the raid (photo: Queensland Police).

    Police did not identify the brand and model of the 3D printer but released a photo (above), along with a photo of a HiTi CS-320 desktop printer (right) that was allegedly used to print fake credit cards. 

    Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards told The Courier-Mail the weapons appeared close to completion and were missing only a handful of metal parts, including a firing pin.

    Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice ruled that blueprints to print and build 3D guns could be re-uploaded to the internet, following a four-year court battle between the State Department and Defense Distributed – the company that designed a 3D handgun called ‘The Liberator.’  The US gun lobby hailed the decision as “a victory for free speech.”

    Plans for the handgun were downloaded more than 100,000 times in two days after they appeared online in May 2013, before the US government ordered their removal. Later that year, NSW police spent $35 on materials to create a Liberator in 27 hours, using a $1700 desktop 3D printer. The only metal parts used where the firing pin, created with a nail, and a .380 ACP calibre cartridge. In 2015, police in Queensland recovered “a loaded handgun allegedly created by a 3D printer” in a raid on a meth lab. 

    Police say the all-plastic body of 3D handguns means they are difficult to detect during security screenings.

  • LIA (NSW) hosts 3D Printing forum

    Print21’s Andy McCourt will be the lead presenter at a LIA NSW Technical Dinner later this month that will explore the latest developments in 3D Printing.

    “The LIA is hosting a not-to-be-missed event led by a cross section of the leading 3D printing vendors – Océ, Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta,” says LIA NSW Treasurer Mike Williams. “An initial overview of the exciting possibilities of this technology will be presented by the renowned industry identity, Andy McCourt.”

    The evening will be focused on the latest technologies on offer, looking at current and future applications of 3D printing, and the implications and opportunities the technology presents to the graphic arts communications, packaging and label markets. A series of presentations from each of the invited speakers will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of the presenters.

    “This is a unique opportunity to bring you up to speed on this topic, in a neutral and convivial atmosphere,” says Williams.

    Tuesday 26thJune 2018 at 6.00pm

    Carnarvon Golf Club

    65-95 Nottinghill Road, Lidcombe 2141

    Places will be limited and early booking is essential.

    Cost: $55 LIA members and $65 non-members.

    Reply to Mike Williams no later than 5pm, Friday 22 June 2018.

    Email nsw.secretary@lia.com.au or Fax (02) 9869 0554