3D printing breakthrough: Print your own working gun

We found out today that you’ll soon be able to walk into a Staples store and buy your very own 3D printer for the low cost of only $1,299. As prices get cheaper on these devices, more and more people will be able to use them to create unique and exciting things from concert flutes to edible food shapes to cases for smart phones to… guns?

It looks like people will soon be able to print their very own firearms from the safety of their own home. Forbes reports that Cody Wilson, the 25-year old who founded the non-profit group Defense Distributed, has created 16 different design elements that, when combined, form a fully functional gun. The only non-printed piece is a nail used as a firing pin and a six-ounce chunk of steel that’s put into the body to ensure that it remains legal. The non-profit organization has also obtained a federal firearms license so that the creation of the printable guns is 100% legal for them.

While many may decry the work that Wilson is doing, it’s something that someone would have completed it at some point in time. Congressman Steve Israel is attempting to put the genie back in the bottle by asking for new laws on printable weapons, but the simple fact of the matter is that making a law banning plastic guns is not going to make anyone any safer. Wilson made a good point when he said, “Everyone talks about the 3D printing revolution. Well, what did you think would happen when everyone has the means of production?”

The plans for the printable gun are expected to be posted online to Defcad.org in the near future.

Source: Forbes | Image via Forbes

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No. 3d printing has been around for 40+ years and guns are in no way the first thing people made. Nice try. Next time don't make it obvious you are making your own facts up.

The steel was only used to make the gun "legal," not because it was needed to work. I'm pretty sure you already knew that though.

Fezmid said,
The steel was only used to make the gun "legal," not because it was needed to work. I'm pretty sure you already knew that though.

True, but they didn't print the bullets, nor the gunpowder. You could print a nuke, then place the radioactive material inside afterward.

Fezmid said,
The steel was only used to make the gun "legal," not because it was needed to work. I'm pretty sure you already knew that though.

honestly yeah and no lol
i knew it was needed to make it legal but what about the nail ?

insanelyapple said,
Is this most important thing for US citizens or what?

Yep. Sadly, it is the subject they claim more "rights" on than anything else. Owning a killing device is more or less as essential as food and water for some demented morons, and there's an awful lot of them!

Just a great idea, makes it even easier for terrorists to travel with their weapons because without being from metal they won't be detected ... they should continue to make body parts and maybe they are even able to grow a real life brain to give to those who came up with the idea to make weapons with a 3D printer.

Are you joking, people guns in prisons (yes you heard that right) out of all sorts of things, this is nothing new, and "metal detectors" were long since by passed by the use of other materials for those that wanted to make the efforts.

Except for maybe something extremely low power, like maybe a .22 LR, I would imagine the barrels would have to be made of metal, and even with a .22 LR, if you used a plastic barrel, and assuming it didn't explode from the pressure, all the rifling would be gone after the first shot, and assuming the rifling survived more than one shot, it would just melt after firing 2 or 3 rounds from the heat. I'd say that the "print your own gun" thing is just talking about things like lower receivers, pistol grips, stocks, etc., because the chamber and barrel will "have" to be metal to deal with the intense heat and pressure of a bullet going off.

From most of the reports on what these guys have been doing, the fully printed guns are one time use. The rest are like you said, just grips and other parts that don't have to deal with heat/pressure.

I'll stick with my metal ones, although it will be nice to be able to print some of the plastic accessories like pistol grips, collapse-able stocks, etc. As for the receivers though, I don't think I'll ever trust anything made of plastic.

I've seriously considered buying one of these consumer model printers for a long time.

I'd only be interested when they can recreate materials that could be used for clandestine drug labs.
Be cool to hit a button on a machine and have it ding a bell and say,
"Sir, your drugs are ready" LOL

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