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This story and technology is growing legs.
1 posted on 10/06/2012 7:46:32 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Gene Rodenbury was definitely a visionary futurist.

So much of the technology he only imagined has actually come to pass.

Now the replicator (3D printer).


2 posted on 10/06/2012 7:51:08 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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3D printing .... oh how I hate that term. This is what has been known as rapid prototyping for years now.


3 posted on 10/06/2012 7:56:08 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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Good grief. I am a machinist. I could make a servicable gun in a couple of hours in any machine shop.


5 posted on 10/06/2012 8:01:38 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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Color me highly skeptical.

While I don’t doubt that many parts can be printed out and even work, I very much doubt the receiver and barrel and other parts that must withstand the pressures of ignition will have the strength to do so. Just because something is in the right shape doesn’t mean it will have the physical characteristics needed.

Now when we get to the stage on personal nano-material assemblers it will be a different story...


7 posted on 10/06/2012 8:04:16 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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Wired magazine had a cover story on 3D printers and plastic gun pieces are already showing up. Printing metal is already being done.

3D printing will be amazing, when it becomes cost effective for the masses. It will be even cooler as the speed increases. (FYI: Two public companies big in this space are DDD and SSYS)

I’m wondering if they will be outlawed... kinda like DAT recorders awhile back ago.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 8:06:47 PM PDT by mike_9958
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You can only “print” the low stress parts. Barrels and bolts, firing pins and springs must still be metal.


16 posted on 10/06/2012 9:44:06 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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I posted this in your other thread, but it all reminds me of the hysteria surrounding “plastic guns” when Glock first started importation into the US.

Media generated hysteria with an agenda.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 2:11:04 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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