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3D Printing and the Distributed Cloud

Dated: 10 May 2013
Posted by Cameron Mehin
Categoiry: New Markets, Technology, Uncategorized
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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing is destined to revolutionize the way we transition our digital creations into tangible goods. Though today it looks like it hit a bit of a speed bump with regards to the design files related to the first 3D printed gun, dubbed the Liberator. Defense Distributed, the organization that created and released the designs received a notice to remove the files until they can be further reviewed by the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. This came after the file had already hit over 100,000 downloads. While the file may have been taken down, we all know it’s not that easy to undo the dissemination of information in today’s digital world.

So is it over? Not exactly. It turns out the torrent hosting site Pirate Bay has begun hosting the files. The bigger question now is the outcome of the review and its implications on the future of 3D printed goods, including guns. Will this give rise again to the massive databases of the distributed cloud networks of the world or is this just a blip on the map for what seems like a manufacturing trend that’s just starting to ramp up with no end in sight?

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