3d printing

3D printing pioneer Carbon expands with new areas of printing

Carbon CEO Joe DeSimone holding a football helmet with 3D printed inserts using the new L1 printer.
Carbon CEO Joe DeSimone holding a football helmet with 3D printed inserts using the new L1 printer. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Carbon, whose unique 3D printing technology makes it suited for both prototyping and mass production, is moving into some new areas thanks to a larger version of its printer.

Why it matters: The technology, which builds parts "Terminator 2"-style from a pool of liquid resin, has already found a range of uses from car parts to sneakers to dental prosthetics.

Owner of 3D-printed gun company selling blueprints despite lawsuits

Owner of Defense Distributed holding a 3D-printed gun
Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed. Photo: Kelly West/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Distributed, the company at the heart of the debate over releasing blueprints of 3D-printed guns, has began selling digital files for downloadable guns on its website while ongoing lawsuits have prohibited it from providing the blueprints for free, said founder Cody Wilson.

"Everyone in America who wants these files will get them. They're allowed to name their own price at our website. Making the money isn't important to me. I'm happy now to become the iTunes of downloadable guns, if I can't be the Napster."
— Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed

Why it matters: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Justice Department will "vigorously enforce" the federal prohibition of producing undetectable 3D-printed firearms "to the fullest extent."