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Man Prints Gun Reciever on 3D Printer, Internet Goes Bezerker Crazy

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A crafty gun enthusiast who goes by the hacker alias Neo the internet moniker haveblue printed an AR-style lower receiver with an old Stratasys FDM device and built it into a functioning firearm. To be honest, this isn’t a super big accomplishment from a structural standpoint. The lower receiver in an AR design is not heavily stressed. A Google search will reveal many stories of successfully constructing the lower from cheap Home Depot wood, HDPE, and other comically irrelevant materials. … READ MORE

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You Don’t Need a Fancy Education and Tools to Invent

Inventor with his Pomegranate De-Seeder

One of the topics I want write about on this blog is how a formal education and a structured professional workplace are not necessary to invent or create. And, in fact, those things may even slowly strip away the hands-on JUST-DO-IT mentality many engineers posses as inquisitive and resourceful children. When I was young, and I wanted to make/create/build/experiment, I would simply do it- with whatever materials I could find or tools I could scavenge (or make). But after school … READ MORE

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Veka Blue Marlin Massive Ship Piggy-Back Orgy

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Here is an absolutely massive cargo ship called the Blue Marlin from shipbuilding group Veka. It was engineered to, apparently, haul lots of big heavy shit across bodies of water. Apparently, this beast is also semi-submersible (video here) so you can sneak up on unsuspecting ships and pull off the largest (in measure of mass) and scariest (in measure of adrenaline secreted) April Fools joke ever. But that feature also simplifies loading of certain types of cargo on days other … READ MORE

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3D Printed Boat

3d printed boat printer

I tip my hat (were I wearing one) to the University of Washington mechanical engineering students who entered Denny’s 42nd Annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby with a 3-D printed raft. This contest requires participants to fabricate a boat whose buoyancy comes from empty paper or plastic milk cartons. As it was not explicitly prohibited, the students interpreted the rules of the competition to mean the milk cartons could be in any condition or shape, so long as they were the … READ MORE

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Amazon to Tackle McMaster

Amazon Supply Homepage

So far, no company has even come close to the convenience, selection, web interface, or speed of the almighty McMaster Carr. But it is interesting to note Amazon is applying their procurement/distribution skillz to the industrial supply market. AmazonSupply’s web interface is better than some, and in places it does feel inspired by McMaster (fasteners), but they still have a long way to go. The selection feels more like Northern Tool than a big-boy industrial supply like MSC, Grainger, or … READ MORE

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