[Ed. – That could cover an awful lot of things.]
Computer science students at the College of Charleston received an email last month with a decidedly 21st-century subject line: “No printing weapons….”
The college’s fast-growing Computer Science Department spruced up its offices and classrooms near the South Carolina Aquarium this fall by equipping its student workshop with a programmable robotic arm and some 3D printers — devices that can create small objects from scratch by “printing” layer upon layer of plastic in three dimensions.
Partway through the fall semester, a student apparently tried to use one of the printers to build a prop that looked like a weapon, Department Chair Sebastian van Delden said.
“There will be absolutely no 3D printing of objects that remotely resemble weapons (guns, knives, etc) using the department’s 3D printers,” van Delden wrote in a Nov. 17 email. “I have confiscated the print job that was running last night.”