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At the South Philadelphia high-tech makers’ space NextFab, creators of all types work on projects using laser cutters, robots, and a room full of 3D printers.
Walt Barger, who manages the printing operations there, is standing between two printers the size of refrigerators, noting both their power and price tag.
“It’s an older printer, but it’s still a $40,000 machine,” he said, pointing to one. “And the one next to it, the ProJet, is a $100,000 machine.”
Lately, Barger has been extra vigilant about the kinds of things people are hoping to create here.
“Our staff is always monitoring. If we see anything that even looks like a gun, we’re going to stop the person,” he said.
Barger hasn’t had to do that yet, but he says the company makes its policy clear to new users: don’t even try.
“If you’re going to 3D print any parts of a gun, since people are coming in here and using our equipment to print, we then have a liability,” he said.
People who work in the 3D printing industry in Philadelphia and around the country are taking action against 3D-printed guns.
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