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That 3D-Printed Handgun You've Been Waiting For Is Here
Reason ^ | May. 3, 2013 | J.D. Tuccille

Posted on 05/06/2013 11:36:35 PM PDT by neverdem

3D printed handgunMichael Thad Carter for Forbes

Remember when Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson promised to unveil an entirely 3D-printed handgun made of ABS plastic with the firing pin its only metal part? Well, he's apparently done it. Forbes's Andy Greenberg was given a sneak peek of the result, and it looks and appears to be quite an achievement. If all goes well, the plans will be unveiled at Defcad.org next week.

Writes Greenberg:

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above. He’s agreed to let me document the process of the gun’s creation, so long as I don’t publish details of its mechanics or its testing until it’s been proven to work reliably and the file has been uploaded to Defense Distributed’s online collection of printable gun blueprints at Defcad.org.

All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic with a Dimension SST printer from 3D printing company Stratasys, with the exception of a single nail that’s used as a firing pin. The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition.

Some people have asked why you would bother to print a gun like this when you can purchase a stronger, more durable gun made from traditional materials. The answer should be obvious: This is an exercise in political theater, to demonstrate that technology is empowering individuals by stripping governments of the ability to enforce restrictions. Yes, you can make guns in a host of ways, including the similarly advanced technology of CNC machines. But 3D printing is a hot and increasingly accessible technology that has been specifically called out by the president. To use it to so easily defeat restrictions (or outright prohibitions) is to demonstrate the limits of the coercive power of the state.

Update: Rep. Steve Israel proposes an impotent ban on plastic homemade guns and ammunition magazines.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 3dprintedhandgun; banglist; guncontrol; liberator; secondamendment; theliberator

1 posted on 05/06/2013 11:36:36 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Thanks but for the present I’ll keep the px4 I just got. It’s likely more fun.


2 posted on 05/06/2013 11:43:29 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: neverdem

I’m waiting for the full-auto rifle.


3 posted on 05/06/2013 11:48:38 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: neverdem

Democrats including Schumer are already writing bills to ban 3-d printers

Democrats want to grow government which will result in a loss of individual rights and freedom as democrats intend


4 posted on 05/06/2013 11:56:32 PM PDT by Democrat_media (D's & Mary Landrieu voted 4 UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: neverdem

This solves that pesky ban on felons buying guns. Just make all you need.


5 posted on 05/07/2013 12:08:30 AM PDT by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: neverdem

Is there a phone app for that yet?


6 posted on 05/07/2013 12:20:05 AM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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7 posted on 05/07/2013 12:34:58 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Chuck the Schmuck (Wiley Coyote)Schumer is writing a bill as we speak to ban nails and ammo.


8 posted on 05/07/2013 1:04:42 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: null and void; ShadowAce
BANG!
9 posted on 05/07/2013 1:14:01 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

“I’m waiting for the full-auto rifle.”

I’m having trouble getting my head around this. How are the various parts made? Are they cast, milled, what? Also, is ABS hard enough to function as a barrel? Hard to believe.....


10 posted on 05/07/2013 3:36:21 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: snoringbear
Also, is ABS hard enough to function as a barrel? Hard to believe.....

I found it hard to believe too. But apparently it's been tested, and is good for at least one or two shots.

Not a bad start.

11 posted on 05/07/2013 3:40:04 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: neverdem

It isn’t the gun I have been waiting for.

I don’t want something that only lasts for ten rounds and then maybe blows up in your hand.

What I am waiting for is ammunition I can buy to fire the weapons I have. Government has closed up the ammunition market. Without legislation.


12 posted on 05/07/2013 3:42:26 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

“I don’t want something that only lasts for ten rounds and then maybe blows up in your hand.”

Right. Unless they can boast a repeatable/reliable product life cycle of 100 years or more, I wouldn’t fire that thing or anything like it even one time.


13 posted on 05/07/2013 4:09:27 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Venturer
It's the first-ever. It's a step. Henry Ford wasn't pumping GT500 Cobras off of his assembly lines.

Also, the name "Liberator" is intentional. In WWII, we manufactured handguns with stamped metal, called the FP-45. They cost pennies to make, and were only good for a single shot. We literally dropped millions into most Nazi-occupied territories. Most were likely never used... but every little bit helped.

14 posted on 05/07/2013 4:13:58 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: equaviator

That not it’s purpose. Would you similarly critique a screwdriver for not being good at driving nails?


15 posted on 05/07/2013 4:17:26 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: snoringbear

In 3-D printing, the object is laid down one thin layer at a time. I’m not sure how the moving parts are made—maybe of a different material that does not stick to the other parts.

Pretty cool technology. Maybe when it becomes possible for anyone to print their own guns, the gun control nuts will turn their attention to the real problem of mental illness.

I want a 3-D printer to make models of biological molecules. But that’s just because I’m a biotechno geek.


16 posted on 05/07/2013 4:22:33 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: snoringbear
I'm sure heavy walled ABS would work for a barrel for something like a 38 cal.

We used to make 22 cal handguns using an old car antenna. Those were just chrome plated thin walled brass.

Most of the chamber pressure is from tight chambers and barrel rifling. These are likely smooth bore so that wouldn't be a factor.

If I were going to make one entirely of plastic I would 3-d print it with an over-sized barrel opening and press in a chambered barrel made of acrylic.

17 posted on 05/07/2013 4:37:04 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Teacher317
Those were designed to just fire one time. The thinking was that they would be used to kill a German soldier so they could take his gun.
18 posted on 05/07/2013 4:40:51 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: snoringbear
they are printed with a 3-D printer... no machining/casting involved
19 posted on 05/07/2013 4:44:20 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: neverdem

Assuming America has been invaded and we have a real enemy to confront I would design a Liberator pistol to pass unnoticed through all their security systems.

make it look like a cell phone, flashlight, remote control, hairbrush, deodorant container. Anything else BUT a gay looking gun shape.


20 posted on 05/07/2013 4:45:12 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: Spartan302

“...Assuming America has been invaded and we have a real enemy to confront...”

Most would say your assumption has already been proven to be true...


21 posted on 05/07/2013 5:22:20 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: lgjhn23

During times of deceit telling the truth becomes treason.


22 posted on 05/07/2013 5:23:40 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: Spartan302

“...Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free....”


23 posted on 05/07/2013 5:28:16 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: neverdem

Buying a cheap .22 is probably much cheaper than purchasing the printer and plastic to make one. What did this pistol cost to make and how long will it last?


24 posted on 05/07/2013 5:28:32 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: neverdem

No, that is most definitely not the 3-d printed gun I’ve been waiting for.

When the article says a lot about metal powder and sintering, then I’ll start paying attention.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 5:37:44 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: snoringbear
ABS hard enough to function as a barrel?

Hard enough to function as a cheap, disposable and very easily replaced barrel.

26 posted on 05/07/2013 5:39:07 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: green iguana

Though I love the “slap in the face” to the Feds about freedom and 3D objects its just not quite hitting the mark.

Especially when you get a CSI episode of a kid 3D printing a revolver, whats next Gatling guns?

About the only concept I would utilize is a pepperbox concept, a multi barrel derringer, even up to four or more barrels, each firing a .22.

A four barrel derringer, two pulls available, one pull two barrels, next pull fires the other two. No slides, no revolving cylinder, no gay lame looking concept to make it stick out like whale at an armadillo convention.


27 posted on 05/07/2013 5:45:16 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: neverdem

Ugly


28 posted on 05/07/2013 5:59:31 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: neverdem

The pistol fired .380.

The pistol fired 6 times before the barrel had deformed to much to be safe

They tried to scale up to a 5.7x28 rifle round and got a kaboom

The pistol consists of 15 parts and a nail. The nail functions as the firing pin.

Each part is printed by using a 3D printer. It heats incoming plastic feedstock and then laying it down like a dot matrix printer one small dot at a time. starting at the bottom layer and moving up the object. the parts are then assembled by hand.

The printer is a $10,000 plus printer and the feedstock plastic is very expensive as well.

They embedded a chunk of steel in it so as not to violate the undetectable fire arms law.

After is it printed the parts are treated with acetone to make them harden up and seal up the pores.

Its a proof of concept of a very disruptive technology. It will be interesting to see where we go from here.


29 posted on 05/07/2013 6:28:40 AM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: neverdem

I want a .50 cal M2 and a 60 mm Morter. If the government can have them then I need them too!


30 posted on 05/07/2013 7:03:59 AM PDT by Patriot365
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To: neverdem

TAKE THAT FEINSTEIN, REID, AND CLOWN.


31 posted on 05/07/2013 7:17:11 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

Full auto rifle can be had (but illegal), by using a bench drill press, a jig, an 80% AR15 receiver, an upper, trigger assembly and a auto sear. You will then have an unregistered, untraceable full auto AR-15. It is also illegal as all get out and you can expect to never see the light of day if you build such a critter and get caught with it.

To avoid such outcome, I know of some who simply build the AR-15 (legal) and then have the know how to make an auto sear and how to install to convert it to a full auto. This of course would require some time, but in a SHTF type scenario, after you have secured your family, water, food, etc, you are going to have some time on your hands.....


32 posted on 05/07/2013 7:32:56 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: neverdem
These 3D print outsourcers can print with metal - so why use plastic?

i.materialise Material Portfolio
Sculpteo Material Portfolio
Shapeways Material Portfolio

33 posted on 05/07/2013 7:36:48 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: uncommonsense
From i.materalize

8 Titanium: Light and the strongest 3D printing material in the world
9 Stainless steel: Not your grandmother’s stainless steel
10 Silver: Sterling silver
11 Gold: 14 carat solid gold
12 Prime gray: Very smooth, detailed and “luxurious” to the touch
13 Brass: Copper and Zinc, united as one
14 Bronze: What did you expect after gold and silver?
15 Ceramics: A food safe material that shines like no other
16 High detailed stainless steel: High grade stainless steel with a superb level of detail

34 posted on 05/07/2013 7:48:35 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: uncommonsense

The point is to have a program that the first 3D printers which will be generally available can use to produce firearms. Metal printers are much more expensive and use more expensive feed-stock.


35 posted on 05/07/2013 7:53:10 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


36 posted on 05/07/2013 8:45:16 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: snoringbear; neverdem

Even without printers, guns are easy*. Ammunition
is hard.

*so say people who know abou this, more than I do.


37 posted on 05/07/2013 9:22:32 AM PDT by cycjec
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To: snoringbear
I’m having trouble getting my head around this. How are the various parts made? Are they cast, milled, what?

They're 3D-printed.

A 3D printer takes a data file that specifies a 3-dimensional, physical object, and then lays down thin layers of melted plastic (or other material) to actually produce that 3-dimensional, physical object.

So to create a physical object (like the parts for the handgun below) all you need is a 3D printer, the materials, and a data file. You tell it to print, it manufactures the object. You assemble the parts, adding a nail from the hardware store, and you have a gun.


38 posted on 05/07/2013 9:55:43 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: The_Reader_David
"The point is to have a program that the first 3D printers which will be generally available can use to produce firearms. Metal printers are much more expensive and use more expensive feed-stock."

Well of course. Pricing is listed by CM3. It's always good to have a cheep, fast method to prototype, then determine the best technology to produce a final product.

The nice thing about metal 3D printers is that there's very little pre-production setup like you have with a CNC or other fab tools. Everyone can have a custom product with each print and there is very little switch over costs (efficient run of 1). Read the FAQ / pricing model for the links I provided. There are no volume discounts.

Also, I imagine 3D coops and group investments will emerge and democratize ideas for physical goods. The cost curve will dip rapidly.

39 posted on 05/07/2013 10:40:34 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: snoringbear
Here's a quality video on 3D printing (with a smart-sounding, female Brit):

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing | Video on TED.com

40 posted on 05/07/2013 10:53:05 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
I’m waiting for the full-auto rifle.

That may be just rhetoric, but it ignores a fundamental supply problem. It's why they tuned it down to three round bursts on select fire. Where are you getting an unlimited re-supply for your basic load?

41 posted on 05/07/2013 12:21:07 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

I would be interested in hearing when someone successfully downloads these blueprints.


42 posted on 05/07/2013 3:01:36 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: exDemMom

They make several of the needed moving parts, including what appear to be springs, out of plastic also. It appears from the pictures on the website one part is metal.


43 posted on 05/07/2013 3:03:40 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: uncommonsense

Excellent links for this new technology and good tips and pointers.


44 posted on 05/07/2013 3:08:35 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: Venturer
It isn’t the gun I have been waiting for.

I don’t want something that only lasts for ten rounds and then maybe blows up in your hand.

Well, you might give this one a try:


45 posted on 05/07/2013 4:37:57 PM PDT by archy
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To: Patriot365

Combustion-Light-Gas-Guns, a technology competing with the Rail-Gun, were developed for the U.S. Navy’s consideration. First prototype was 15mm and stepped thru 45mm. to 155mm. pieces achieving 2.5km. and 4km. velocities. Consistent ranging at 100 to 200 miles were problematic using gaseous fuel mixes in artillery. Definitely not a spud-gun!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_gas_gun

http://www.utroninc.com/tech.html


46 posted on 05/07/2013 7:03:11 PM PDT by Ozark Tom
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To: Teacher317

I’d much rather have something that has a proven extended life cycle than be one of the first on my block to try the new and unimproved product.


47 posted on 05/08/2013 7:58:14 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Democrat_media

3d printers mean:

production is automated
production is local
production is NONUNION
production does not need OSHA
production does not require massive real estate holdings
production does not require union drivers
production does not require “consulting fees” to individuals.
production does not require armies of former congressmen lobbyists
production does not require teams of lawyers
production does not require judges/administrative judges
production can not be taxed. (GASP!)


48 posted on 05/08/2013 8:03:11 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Ozark Tom

try searching for coil gun videos on the internet. That is the next area of development.


49 posted on 05/08/2013 8:06:23 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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