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3D-printing gun site DEFCAD now attracting 3K visitors an hour, 250K downloads since launch
venturebeat.com ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Ricardo Bilton

Posted on 02/26/2013 10:15:10 AM PST by marktwain

DEFCAD is a website for 3D printing of guns. It’s bathed in controversy, but that’s not preventing it from growing.

Since launching in December, DEFCAD has become home to nearly 90 components, including bullet casings, pistol suppressors, and even grenades.

More significant, however, are the traffic numbers. Visitors to DEFCAD have to date downloaded over 250,000 files from the site, creator Defense Distributed announced via Twitter today. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD.

One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD.

DEFCAD gets an average of 3,000 visitors per hour, representing roughly 2TB of traffic since launch, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson said by phone today.

What all this means should be pretty clear: A whole lot of people are interested in downloading (and perhaps printing) guns.

(Excerpt) Read more at venturebeat.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 3dprinting; banglist; defcad; defensedistributed
This article is from 19 February, so I am sure that their traffic is much higher, now that they have released the 3rd generation AR15 lower receiver files.
1 posted on 02/26/2013 10:15:22 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

I downloaded everything they had...a month ago!


2 posted on 02/26/2013 10:20:24 AM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: marktwain

I suggest they lawyer up prior to their first lawsuit when a printed receiver blows up in someone’s face, or at the very least have one heck of an airtight disclaimer.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 10:23:15 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

True. It’s one thing to make a component. It’s entirely another to have it made with the proper materials and tolerances to perform the task.


4 posted on 02/26/2013 10:26:39 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: marktwain; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...

3-D printer ping!

http://defcad.org/


5 posted on 02/26/2013 10:31:35 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: BCW

I could use some education here.

What does “printing” get you, exactly? I might understand a file that can be loaded into a lathe to machine parts for assembly....but it seems this is something different either more or less.

How would having 3-D printing files help the average citizen? Don’t you still have to manufacture every tiny part? Please explain to me what is controversial about this.

Thank you.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 10:34:25 AM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: marktwain

What everyone really needs is 3D printing of ammo.


7 posted on 02/26/2013 10:38:27 AM PST by lurk
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To: Tenacious 1; All
It makes no sense to have serial numbers and control over every spring and machine screw on a firearm, so the only part of the firearm, under federal law, is the “receiver” that holds the other parts.

The lower receiver is what is considered the “firearm” under federal law, as it is the part with the serial number from the factory. All other parts are not controlled and can be ordered through the mail or paid for with cash over the counter, no questions asked.

This development in 3D printing is very similar to making a receiver yourself with a drill press and files. Many people have done this at home since the invention of firearms, and it is perfectly legal under federal law, no special permission required, except for some stupid laws from the 30’s that require you to buy a tax stamp and jump through numerous hoops to make short barreled shotguns or rifles, silencers/suppressors, and automatic firearms.

3D printers make the process more understandable in our digital age to this digital generation. You still have to acquire the parts and put them all together, which could take an afternoon to do.

The important thing is you do not have to beg to the government for permission to do it.

8 posted on 02/26/2013 10:42:20 AM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Awesome, simply awesome. Build what you can with what you have is the epitome of American ingenuity. I worked in the machine tool industry for many years, and the advancements in CAD/CAM are just stupendous. I wish we had this 20 years ago. 3D printing combined with precision investment casting combined with CNC machining, and you can literally create anything you can dream up. Just like the PC in the early 80’s, desktop manufacturing has gone from unobtanium to something you can accomplish with ease in your spare time and an idea.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 10:46:03 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: edpc
It's early days for 3-D printing. It's ramping up exponentially, just like computers did. Prices are coming down, quality and capablities are going up. Give it a little time. We're just at the VIC-20 stage for consumer 3-D printing.

/johnny

10 posted on 02/26/2013 10:48:57 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tenacious 1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3d_printing


11 posted on 02/26/2013 10:54:39 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: marktwain

ping


12 posted on 02/26/2013 11:14:13 AM PST by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: reed13

bfl


13 posted on 02/26/2013 11:35:19 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I’ve been keeping an eye on prices. They are coming down. You can get a decent printer for under $1K. There are lots of stuff I can think of making with one of these printers.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 12:00:45 PM PST by USAF80
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To: factoryrat
"3D printing combined with precision investment casting combined with CNC machining, and you can literally create anything you can dream up.

For my money, the best approach is the QU-BD combination machine.

It is designed to do both "positive" 3D by means of thermoplastic deposition AND "subtractive" 3D by means of standard CNC milling. Swap the plastic extruder head for a high-speed milling motor to switch from "positive" to "subtractive", with all the rest of the frame and motion control elements in common.

Fully assembled....$1700.

15 posted on 02/26/2013 12:18:20 PM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: BCW

How large are files? can they all fit on a thumb drive?


16 posted on 02/26/2013 12:31:00 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Tenacious 1

If you look at You Tube - you can load these files into a “Resin” printer to where epoxy liquid that is as strong as sheet metal in some instances - are used to build layers over a very short time. Each piece then can be cleaned - riveted or glued in place - just like making a sheet metal magazine...therefore, one does not have to worry about the availability of a manufacture stamping out 30 round magazines - you can actually print them off using a resin machine...these files will serve as a counter to the govt placing a ban on 30 rd magazines — likewise...it is perfectly legal for you to manufacture a lower receiver of a AR-15/M-4 rifle — without a serial number - as long as YOU own it. This process will create a LOWER and all you have to do is buy the upper and other parts to assemble a full - non-registered - M4 rifle. See where this is going...using composite materials and resins - one can actually make their own M4 rifle - no serial number - no over govt oversight - and it works just like the rest of them (dependent on the quality of resin)...The biggest part of getting a M$ rifle is the lower and now the almost impossible 30 rd magazine...the upper (barrel and bolt) with stock and trigger, 6 position stock, all still have to be gathered...the controversy is that, you, the citizen, could be armed with a M4 rifle and well equipped with multiple 30 rd mags where unknowing govt officials storm trooping your house will find a surprise waiting for them if it ever comes down to this...that’s why there are downloads like crazy...


17 posted on 02/26/2013 1:34:49 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: TurboZamboni

the 50 file Zip is 295MB in size...so yes - they can fit onto a 500mb thumb drive— most are usually at a minimum 2 to 4 GB in size...


18 posted on 02/26/2013 1:36:29 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Tenacious 1

19 posted on 02/26/2013 1:39:05 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Tenacious 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbgGmtk6ibo

Video review of three printers from December.


20 posted on 02/26/2013 4:10:05 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: BCW

with home made railguns, classic arms, etc.

I think this is already beyond regulation ability.

amunition is the next frontier in this process. with home made railguns ammunition is tiny pieces of metal.

we already have home capable lasers.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 4:14:40 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BCW

Buds Gun Store has some 30 rnd mags on sale.


22 posted on 02/27/2013 12:53:49 PM PST by USAF80
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To: USAF80

There was a local shop here where I live - had MagPul for $19 - 30rd...sold out quick...the metal were like $55...way too much...


23 posted on 02/27/2013 4:08:46 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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