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Researchers have that found that 3D printers spew tiny particles into the air as they operate, though the quantity and nature of these potentially toxic aerosols are poorly understood. A new study identifies a startling variety of these emissions, and the conditions under which they’re produced.

Security experts have identified thousands of instances in which owners of 3D printers have made their devices available online and without the need for authentication. That certainly makes remote access to 3D printers convenient, but wow, what an awful idea given the tremendous potential for abuse.

If you're feeling a little bit sniffly and you don't want to go into the office -- don't worry, we've all been there -- the time-honoured tradition is to put on your best sick-person voice and make a gurgly phone call to your boss. If that all sounds a little bit too low-tech for your 21st century job, how about 3D printing an entire human doppelganger?

In a raid this morning on a Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang member house in the west of Melbourne, police have seized 3D printers and other equipment allegedly used to manufacture firearms. Along with drugs and ammunition, the police raid on the group has found consumer-grade desktop 3D printers, which have the potential to be used to produce single-use firearms or to manufacture components to convert semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic.

With 3D printers moving further into the mainstream, companies are pushing to make their printers easier to use and more accessible for first-time buyers. LulzBot's latest offering has added a whole bunch of new features into the TAZ 6 which make it easier to use -- such as a self-levelling bed, self cleaning and support for even more types of filament material.

Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them.

3D printers are moving into the mainstream, cropping up in schools, offices and homes. Power tool giant Dremel is getting in on the action with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, a 3D printer intended to corner the home consumer market and provide the perfect printer for those looking to get their toes wet. Available in Australia at Bunning's Warehouse it's one of the most accessible printers for the Australian consumer -- so how does it stack up to other printers on the market?

3D printing is alive and well, even if we're not all manufacturing our own Warhammer figurines just yet. For example, portability is still an issue, though for the smartphone-wielding and less-serious 3D printing enthusiast, the OLO 3D presents itself as an interesting options.

The trade-off of an affordable 3D printer is that they're usually small and can only produce small objects. To make something big, you have to break it down into smaller parts first. But Autodesk has come up with a better approach: a 3D printer with multiple heads that all work together to churn out massive creations.