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dateline: 07 May 2013

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3D Printed Gun Tested In US

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • exclusive: limited to one thing, person, or aspect
  • 3D: three dimensional
  • component: part
  • controversial: brings about debates or arguments
  • blueprint: design for a project
  • manufacture: to make using a machine

3D Printed Gun Tested in US

A gun made almost exclusively from 3D parts has been tested at a firing range in the US. The working gun was made from printed plastic components, and was designed by a controversial gun activist group. The group that created the firearm said that it will make the blueprints . In the US it is not to manufacture a firearm for one’s own use. A 3D printer currently costs about $2000. In the future, 3D printers will become cheaper, and consumers will be able to find the designs to manufacture of items in their own homes. 3D technology has also been used by criminals to create card readers that are placed in .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was the gun made out of?
  2. What do the designers of the 3D gun plan on doing?
  3. What criminal use of 3D technology is mentioned in the report?

Discussion Question:
What are the pros and cons of 3D technology?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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