Skip to comments.Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible
Posted on 12/21/2012 4:31:08 AM PST by Olog-hai
Downloading a guns design plans to your computer, building it on a three-dimensional printer and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked. Sound far-fetched? Its not. And that is disquieting for gun control advocates.
At least one group, called Defense Distributed, is claiming to have created downloadable weapon parts that can be built using the increasingly popular new-generation of printer that utilizes plastics and other materials to create 3-D objects with moving parts. University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, the 24-year-old Wiki Weapons project leader, says the group last month test fired a semi-automatic AR-15 rifleone of the weapon types used in the Connecticut elementary school massacrewhich was built with some key parts created on a 3-D printer. The gun was fired six times before it broke.
Right now, most people interested in 3-D printing rent time on one. There are a number of businesses and co-ops in major cities that allow access to the machines for a nominal fee. At San Franciscos TechShop, which features a 3-D printer for its members, assembling firearms is strictly prohibited and our staff is trained on that policy, company spokeswoman Carrie Motamedi said.
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Give us Isher.
An AR15 was NOT used in the Conn. Shootings!
It’s the Dissociated Press. They don’t let facts get in the way of a good propaganda piece . . .
Shut your ignorant mouth! It was because the media said it was used or at least implied that it was. Who are YOU to say that it wasn't? You have no right to say anything about guns at all and we simply don't want to hear it. Understand?
I am glad to read about this. My 3D printer is just sitting here doing nothing right now.
Doesn’t everyone have a 3D printer sitting around?
And since when is a 24 year old a ‘kid’?
At 24, my husband and I had been married for 4 years and had two children. My husband was a sergeant in the army with an associates degree.
A 24 year old is a grown man who’s perfectly capable of making intelligent decisions and understanding the second amendment.
Childhood keeps getting redefined older and older by the left; they love immaturity since it gives them an excuse to dictate.
I just did some research on the 3D printer idea, and found out they are not as expensive as most people think, but if you even consider making anything other than very small plastic parts you do need a very big machine.
I may actually buy one for an at home seller of small scale reproduction parts for hobbyists.
With a machine like this I can make a near perfect small scale replica of any firearm, who wouldn’t want a foot long model of a Ma Deuce or a Dillon 134?
Except for the socialist youth cadres, who are adults at twelve and do have a hand in designing your prison conditions.
I don't wanna do any assembly, just make parts!
...and how much did it cost
It also sounds a hell of a lot more inflammatory to say, “What’s chilling is that last month a group of kids used a 3-D printer to actually manufacture (key parts) of the AR-15 and fire six bullets,”
It conjurers images of stupid highschool boys playing around in their parents’ basement rather than serious men actually working toward a purpose.
My FRiend I must have a stack of old Brownell catalogs a couple of feet high by now, my main source of parts and illustrations. Being a hobbyist gunsmith and machinist I have concepts of assault rifles and battle rifles that will be on my workbench in the future.
Its when you get into the small precision engineered plastics is where you can make money or being able to make molds for castings. And castings are very important, its a long bit of labor to machine something by hand, harder yet to duplicate that without a CAD CNC mill.
Definitely worth investing into because I have a feeling Obama will try to regulate these 3D machines severely.
I’m not happy that it was the weapon of choice either, I own a few, however that was the case.
Main gun in Newtown also used in D.C. sniper shootings
In the school shooting, Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver said all 26 victims were hit multiple times, suffering devastating wounds, all apparently traced to the rifle.
Lanza, 20, fired a Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle to kill many of the 20 children and six adults at the school Friday, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said. He used a Glock 10-millimeter handgun to shoot himself in the head. He also carried at Sig Sauer pistol. A shotgun, the type of which was not identified, was found in the trunk of Lanzas car outside the school.
The Bushmaster was used in the school, in its entirety, and [a] handgun was used to take his own life, Vance said.
I can buy one for $1500 and up, even on Amazon which is notorious for NOT selling gun parts.
I have a modest HO train collection, I could easily make my own small scale parts like air horns, signals even small cars, maybe now I can make a complete set of aircraft for my 1/350 scale Enterpise that actually look decent.
Well ... build the printer yourself
Amazing. Not really, I guess, but I am amazed nevertheless. Thanks!
To this day, I remember when I was in the machine department, the smallest of lathes and such with projects in them, waiting for tomorrow (I worked at night when no one was there)
Now that I think of it, I was an honest young man in a world that trusted people back then.
I don't even know if Honeywell is still around, but I remember being in a macjine shop that seemed to be set up for miniaturization.
I built the equipment and did the setups for running mass manufacturing of pultruded fiberglass hollow planks which were then filled with cleaned shredded tire rubber, and these planks were built into panels for sound suppression for CALTRANS. They are now along the freeways in California, I built the original equipment.
But I spent 10 months working with a vertical mill and other machine shop equipment getting the design bugs out on the concept, I actually drew most of the plans on bar napkins, this was back in 1994.
“An AR15 was NOT used in the Conn. Shootings!”
That’s what I thought! I haven’t watched that much coverage on TV because I don’t believe most of what they say anyway but I saw a report where they were saying the shooter (whoever it really was) used two or three handguns and the AR-15 was found in the car trunk. Then I see this idiot Pears Moreguff or whoever he is claiming that the AR-15 was the favorite weapon of mass killers and that is what was used at Sandy Point.
I thoroughly enjoyed machining, but I allowed other interests to take me away at too young of an age. Joined the Army and a boatload of etcetera's
Old too soon get we .. shmaht too late.
“...Childhood keeps getting redefined older and older by the left; they love immaturity since it gives them an excuse to dictate.”
Precisely! Their stats on “children” killed with guns invariably contain 18-20 year old gang bangers who are the victims of their own criminal enterprises.
Back in the day, a Chevy V8 push rod was a pretty good barrel for a .22 long rifle round.
So I heard.
Replicator control is already being discussed??
Liberals call 24 year olds kids while saying 11 year olds are old enough for sex
libs never make sense
But of course, libtards have never touched an AR-15, much less know how one works. I and many other FReepers, on the other hand, have built our own up from parts, and have intimate knowledge of how they work.
Gun control can't touch us.
Read an article a group printed an ar-15 and failed after 6 shots.
Print extra copies.
What rifle WAS used, then?
As expected, the buffer tube mount broke loose from the receiver as a result of the off-axis stress from the recoil. They are already working on beefing that part of the receiver up.
I’m waiting for the 2X as it will also allow ABS :) Supposed to be out soon and while the 2 is around $2400 I’m expecting the 2X to run just a bit more with the added ability. Can’t wait.
Well actually I was pointing out in my own way that worry about this is a foolish thing. No one has one of these things sitting around doing nothing.
Some weird people have been known to put their butts on copiers, so I wonder how THAT would turn out.....LOL!