Skip to comments.This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)
Posted on 05/03/2013 12:17:28 PM PDT by null and void
The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the "Liberator."
Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the worlds first entirely 3D-printable handgun.
Now he has.
Early next week [the] founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls the Liberator,
All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic, [except] a single nail thats used as a firing pin. The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition.
Technically, Defense Distributeds gun has one other non-printed component: the group added a six ounce chunk of steel into the body to make it detectable by metal detectors in order to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act. In March, the group also obtained a federal firearms license, making it a legal gun manufacturer.
Since it was founded last August, Wilsons group has sought to make as many components of a gun as possible into printable blueprints and to host those controversial files online, thwarting gun laws and blurring the lines between the regulation of firearms and information censorship.
Stay tuned for more. In the mean time, heres another photo of Defense Distributeds prototype.
Congressman Steve Israel issued a press release Friday responding to this story: Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser, his statement reads. When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science-fiction. Now that this technology is proven, we need to act now to extend the ban [on] plastic firearms.
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That’s not a gun, that’s a hand grenade. There is no way that plastic is going to hold the pressures of a real centerfire pistol round.
The best they might manage is a one-shot device that destroys itself without harming the user.
Ban black backpacks. Only allow see-through backpacks...
Do TSA scanners pick up graphite?
So you're saying we would just be trading one form of terrorism for another.
The broken trigger suggests that the designer was a CAD commando, obsessed with extrusions, volumes of revolution, splined curves, and constructive solid geometry, but spent his time napping during strengths of materials class.
They’ll be push to outlaw cad soon.
The WW II Liberator was designed to fire a .45ACP shot into someone’s head, after which the shooter would take the victim’s full-featured gun.
The scary thing here, is that a single bullet starts to get into false alarm territory. People don’t like false alarms (turn the sensitivity down...!) or having to explain their implants (a LOT of people have some kind of metal part).
You can drop a gun in acid and it’s gone.
You can drop a plastic gun in an acid and it’s gone.
It’s not like this can’t be done now or that it’s a novel idea.
Any gun gets you a better gun.
Given this is “House”, the kicker should be “When you’re an a$$hole and you have to deal with stupid people.”
Did the Afghanis go force-on-force against the Soviets?
Did the Vietcong start off engaging in set-piece battles against us?
Sure looks like it...
It is only meant to fire a few times. I am pretty sure it will do that.
I believe the base model is in .22, but many centerfire cartridges have lower pressures.
They could use .32 S&W or .38 S&W. Both are still available.
Heck, they might be *more* available than .22 at the moment!
Which is why they made it a "T" for Transportation instead of "A" for Airport. That allows them on highway checkpoints at some time in the future - if it hasn't already happened. They slid that one by without anybody raising the alarm of "Bureaucracy Creep".
Not with that plastic gun.