Skip to comments.Free guns for everyone! Texas startup plans to distribute blueprints for 3-D printable firearms
Posted on 11/28/2012 8:05:27 AM PST by marktwain
Defense Distributed spokesman Cody Wilson tells the UKs Guardian that his company has the logistics, time, resources and money to start freely distributing blueprints that will let any hobbyist with a 3-D home printer make their own gun, and now its just up to Uncle Sam to sign off on a federal firearms license. Wilson doesnt think there will be any problem, though, and says his company plans to be approved and begin building prototypes in the coming weeks.
We're just waiting on a little piece of paper, Wilson says, which could be all the federal government needs to give them in order for Defense Distributed to start sending out schematics.
Earlier this year, another hobbyist from the US designed a 3-D printer-made gun that could fire multiple rounds, but that model relied on a few extra parts from firearm shops in order to work. One gun in the works from Defense Distributed will be entirely made using an at-home printer and another will use electronics to fire bullets, but otherwise those two products will be able to be pieced together with nothing more than a fully-loaded printer.
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What’s it made out of? Plastic?
"Hey buddy can I borrow your AR 15 for a couple of days?" Thanks.
How likely is it to blow up in your face?
Is it a virtual weapon? Paper? I don’t understand how this will work.
Another idea “stolen” from me.
3D printers “print” by depositing accumulative layers of a variety of materials, from plastics to ceramics to composites, including metals.
It’s called printing because it works in a similar fashion to ink-jet printers.
If this technology is perfected the possibilities of integrating a firearm into every day items is limitless. How about a 40 rd semi-auto disguised as a laptop. Or a 4 shot cell phone. Not to mention the problem of having ‘accessories’ match your outfit for the day are gone; just put a different color in the printer...
The low end 3d printers look like they cost about $4,000. Cool technology but the old fashioned metal tools are probably cheaper and easier.
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OK, thanks. It must be pretty expensive to make a reliable weapon.
google “maker community”.
These are local community fabrication shops open to members.
Membership is monthly, and is affordable.
Upshot: these maker workshops could buy one or two of these printers (they usually have CNC’s), and you could go pop in a disk and use them.
3D printing has ramifications beyond firearms. In theory there are thousands of products that we currently buy which could be “printed” at home and assembled.
So, no serial numbers or registration?
Laser-sintered steel, I suspect.
I’m sure there are laws against “manufacturing” without a “license”.
For instance, you can get into some big trouble with the ATF for possessing a threaded tube and some steel wool.
Extremely likely , I'd say. Aricles produced by a 3D printer are suitable for design proto types only.