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I just downloaded a functional .22 pistol
http://theknightshift.blogspot.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Christopher Knight

Posted on 03/01/2013 9:23:36 PM PST by lowbridge

In two months' time DEFCAD has garnered more than three thousand visits an hour and nearly a quarter-million downloads. What makes up the bulk of that traffic?

Guns, guns, guns. Parts for guns. Accessories like suppressors. Ammo casings for NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms and rifles. Even combat munitions like hand grenades.

And they all work too.

Provided you've a 3D printer, the right materials and a few other items that can be bought at most any hardware store, you or anybody else can spend a nice relaxing evening or weekend putting together a small arsenal in your home office.

Sorta brings whole new meaning to desktop publishing a magazine, huh?

I just downloaded a .22 single-shot pistol from DEFCAD, designed by a user named "caboose". The entire ZIPped-up file was over half a megabyte. I don't possess a 3D printing setup but in the future, that will probably be a standard appliance in many homes. I may take a stab at it then, if not sooner.

There's an intriguing article at Venture Beat about DEFCAD, including an interview with site founder Cody Wilson. Among other things he notes that DEFCAD is getting lots of visits from foreign countries. Might we speculate that at least some of that is from places with stringent gun control?

(Excerpt) Read more at theknightshift.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 3dprinting

1 posted on 03/01/2013 9:23:40 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Now all we need is a network of people who rent 3D printers so we can build our own goodies. No need to buy. Just rent.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 9:27:26 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: lowbridge; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...

3-D Printer ping!


3 posted on 03/01/2013 9:29:09 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: lowbridge

4 posted on 03/01/2013 9:39:33 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: BipolarBob

Wonder if Kinkoes is planning on getting into the business? Probably not; ATF’d be all over them like white-on-rice. Maybe some “Covert 3-D Cafes” will spring-up in some warehouses or underground bunkers. Lots of possibilities, though.


5 posted on 03/01/2013 9:40:16 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: lowbridge
Not just guns...


6 posted on 03/01/2013 9:41:23 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: null and void

“One of our key industry advantages is that our machines are able to print products in materials that are desired by industrial customers,” says ExOne’s prospectus. It can make products consisting of silica sand, ceramics, stainless steel, bronze and glass, “and we are in various stages of qualifying additional industrial materials for printing, such as titanium, tungsten carbide, aluminum and magnesium.”

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7 posted on 03/01/2013 9:42:18 PM PST by Broker (Obama, the devils fart.)
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To: BipolarBob
Hiring a 3D printer is expensive! I wanted to have a couple of prototypes of a new item I've designed made up in elastomeric material. I have several in ABS plastic, but the finished item will be molded in elastomeric material so I wanted a couple for final testing. It was going to cost $150 for two and they are less than 6000 mm3 each! The place also wanted to charge me $60+ bucks for overnight delivery! $210+ is a bit steep for just two copies.
8 posted on 03/01/2013 9:46:42 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: lowbridge

Remember, plastic parts designed by computer can be the pattern to cut in steel with a plasma cutter. Those parts are more useful.

Pistol barrels can be made on a lathe.

Yes, it is possible to build a very nice weapon. Is it worth the effort? That depends on the circumstances.


9 posted on 03/01/2013 9:47:39 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: carriage_hill

Staples is already in the business, but not in my neck of the woods.


10 posted on 03/01/2013 9:48:20 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: lowbridge
Here is a nice prison made semi-auto firearm! Even the cartridges are hand made in a California prison!


11 posted on 03/01/2013 9:58:21 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: MHGinTN

Wonder if the store’s “Print Dept Mgr” is an ATF plant so he can monitor what’s being produced?


12 posted on 03/01/2013 10:06:44 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: lowbridge

Good luck finding ammo for it.


13 posted on 03/01/2013 10:40:27 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: lowbridge

Someone needs to figure out how to 3d print ammunition.


14 posted on 03/02/2013 2:54:18 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: lowbridge

Someone needs to figure out how to 3d print ammunition.


15 posted on 03/02/2013 2:54:29 AM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: BipolarBob
"Now all we need is a network of people who rent 3D printers so we can build our own goodies. No need to buy. Just rent."

Actually, many large cities have "maker shops" where aficionados of high-tech "do-it-yourself" can rent machine time on various CNC (and other) equipment. These are clubs where members pay a small annual fee to support rent and equipment purchases.

16 posted on 03/02/2013 4:29:35 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: stuartcr

Someone needs to figure out how to 3d print ammunition.


I’ve heard rumors about that before, it seems to me that it would be possible to build bullets that make use of some of the more esoteric fluid flow dynamics theories to achieve much longer ranges than the current generation of ammunition.


17 posted on 03/02/2013 4:56:50 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: HangnJudge
Grenade body's are easy it is the other component's that are hard.
18 posted on 03/02/2013 5:03:44 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: lowbridge

Wonder how their shotgun design would be. You can already build one out of pipe. You could probably easily create ergonomic designs to make them as capable and friendly as a cheap crack barrel.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 5:11:09 AM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: carriage_hill

The idea of renting them would be to relieve the owner of liability. You’d sign some release form and plug in the instructions and push the button yourself. In that way, they didn’t actually participate in the manufacture of whatever “evil” product that was made.


20 posted on 03/02/2013 5:17:23 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: All

why limit to old school?

electric coilguns and railguns are also a reality with working models on youtube.


21 posted on 03/02/2013 5:23:32 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BipolarBob

The slip-and-fall-lawyers would take the suits back to the plastic mfgrs, cad-cam designers and everyone up and down the line. The release form may/may not work in court. This is a whole ‘nother area of legal catfight we’re getting into in the digital age.

Popcorn?


22 posted on 03/02/2013 6:22:45 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: carriage_hill

Where can you buy 3 D printers? I have never seen one.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 6:50:32 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

I’ve never seen one either in a store.

But they’re available online:

https://www.google.com/search?client=opera&q=3D+Printers&sourceid=opera&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&channel=suggest


24 posted on 03/02/2013 7:17:42 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: lowbridge

There are “barrel relines” out there where a barrel is bored out and a new liner is placed in the barrel. I could see using a piece of barrel liner in the printer to make a longer lasting gun.


25 posted on 03/02/2013 7:50:19 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: riverrunner
Grenade body's are easy it is the other component's that are hard.

They're just fancy pipe-bombs.

26 posted on 03/02/2013 8:34:49 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: carriage_hill
As you have to upload a digital file into the printer, it would be very easy to monitor every 3D printer, in every Staples store remotely, from anywhere. No need to have ATF agents on site, in each of the thousands of Staples outlets.
27 posted on 03/02/2013 1:52:05 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

You’re light-years ahead of me as to how it all works.


28 posted on 03/02/2013 3:34:02 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: The Working Man

Bullets and maybe shells, but I can’t imagine making anything that requires a combination of materials, especially propellants.


29 posted on 03/02/2013 5:20:41 PM PST by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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