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Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 09:59 AM UTC
While not strictly model related some news came to our attention concerning 3D printer technology that you may find interesting. Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old law student at the University of Texas has printed and test fired the first working hand gun using the 3D printer technology.
The news of this latest development in 3D printer technology has caused some alarm for authorities in various countries around the world due to the plans for the gun being released on the internet and so out of the control of governments. Armorama however is running this news to show just what has become possible rather than the implications it may present. The firearm has been made using ABS plastic and a 3D printer bought on EBay for $8,000 (USD) was successfully fired at a gun range near Austin, Texas on Saturday.
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US Federal Law and BATFE regulations both allow private individuals, with no licensing or registration required, to manufacture a firearm. It must be for personal use only, must never be sold or transfered, and of course the individual must be legally eligible to own a firearm..no criminal record or negative psychological diagnosis on record. We're in very undiscovered country on the issue of free distribution via internet of software and data enabling the construction of a firearm, but in the US this should not run afoul of any laws...same as me handing a machinist the blueprints for a sten gun. The issues will all be international...sending "plans" for a weapon outside the US MAY be illegal. I expect the reaction of the authorities to be a rapid stomping of the Big Boot on the whole thing, as panic stricken authoritarians will tend to do. Sorting it out later will be the big problem.
MAY 09, 2013 - 08:24 PM
Any solid shape, no matter of what material, will show up on an airport scanner. Anything gun-shape, even hand-held hair dryers, are suspect, and require checking.
MAY 10, 2013 - 03:27 AM
Now under a £1000 on Ebay... MakerBot
MAY 10, 2013 - 09:38 AM
US buyers be sure to check power supplys, this one is 240 volts. Can't just plug into wall. Jim
MAY 10, 2013 - 09:55 AM
The bullets will still show up as bullets on x-ray, and a metal detector will also find them. Even if you did get a plastic gun on the plane, you'd have no ammo.
MAY 10, 2013 - 10:43 AM
9/11 was done with box cutters, IIRC. Maybe they won't let 3D printers do them either? Here I was thinking it would be the Adult Entertainment industry (and no, I don't mean the plastic models we are familiar with) that would crack the 3D market first.
MAY 10, 2013 - 10:48 AM
We used car antennas wedged between two slabs of 2x4. For discussion purposes only.
MAY 10, 2013 - 11:23 AM
Any solid shape, no matter of what material, will show up on an airport scanner. Anything gun-shape, even hand-held hair dryers, are suspect, and require checking. [/quote] The titanium plates and screws holding my neck together have the tendency to set off metal detectors in some stores and government buildings. No kidding. When I tell the rent-a-cops about the hardware, they run the wand around my neck and it starts chirping like crazy. I love it!
MAY 10, 2013 - 11:30 AM
Iíve already read about that news, and I donít see it as a good thing because it can pose danger to all of us. Anyway, have you seen a full 3D printed and working bicycle made out of Nylon Filament? Iím wondering if I can make one using any of these materials: LINK
APR 22, 2014 - 07:59 PM

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