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Doomstein - 2012-08-28

A few months ago a fella printed an AR-15 lower reciever from a file he got off of a website. Sure it was made of plastic, and sure it had feed issues, but it worked dammit!

At this point I think printed guns are more dangerous to the shooter than to the general public. When inexpensive steel printing becomes available though...

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-08-28

I dunno about steel. For one, plastic doesn't set off metal detectors, so making a non-metallic projectile to go with your plastic gun would make them perhaps still not the most stable weapon ever, but certainly one that's invisible to metal detectors.

The ability to conceal a such a weapon in a casing that can look like almost anything your printer can produce could pose a security challenge that's pretty difficult to detect under current methods.

Doomstein - 2012-08-29

I'd print out a gun that looks like this:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/McDonalds-Night-Museum-SQUIRREL-Loose-/ 15/!BpQTZtg!mk~%24(KGrHqMH-DEEuUwY0E21BLqlB9surw~~_35.JPG

STABFACE - 2012-08-28

The idea of a 3D-printable gun is certainly awesome in a We-Live-In-An-Actual-Cyberpunk-Dystopia way, but I don't see how you can possibly make a weapon out of plastic that can contain and direct the forces of even a very small gunpowder charge. And even if you can do it once, what's the lifespan of such a weapon?

I suppose you could theoretically make an all-plastic weapon that uses springs or something to fire plastic rounds hard enough to do damage, but whats the point in that? You can make a terrible "firearm" out of like three bucks worth of lead pipes that can shoot actual shotgun shells.

What really interests me in terms of 3D printing isn't making final products in a 3D printer, but using it as another tool in the manufacturing process, like as part of a mold or jig.

Minus 1 star for terrible sound quality and at least three minutes of rambling filler.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2012-08-28

It is important to understand that you only need to print the regulated part that classifies something as a firearm. 90% of a gun can be bought right over the counter no questions asked. The guy who printed the AR-15 lower receiver claims it stands up perfectly fine. And even it wore out after a couple hundred rounds... just print another one.

STABFACE - 2012-08-28

Yeah, I've seen the AR lower thing before. It's pretty cool as a work-around to gun laws. But that's not what these Wiki Weapon dudes are talking about: They want to model a pair of original guns, one of which would be made completely out of plastic, as a safeguard against "tyranny", as if America isn't already swimming in firearms.

ToucheTurtle - 2012-08-29

The materials right now are going to limit the reliability and safety of something like a gun but that's not going to be true forever or even for very long.

I'm not a gun fan but this is certainly a coming challenge for the practicalities of gun ownership control in the same way that the internet/mobile communications make existing copyright legislation and attempts to control information flow look increasingly unworkable.

I guess the "safeguard against tyranny" argument can be made for this even alongside a stance that doesn't support a general right to bear arms. For practical tyranny-fighting purposes a population that can print a working weapon in a few hours is not much different to one that has them already.

STABFACE - 2012-08-29

Barring some stupendous advances in material science, I don't see 3D printed plastic guns as being anywhere close to as effective as current(or even hundred year-old) metal weapons.

It'd be like if the Pirate Bay existed, but you could only download in grainy black and white with shitty sound.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2012-08-28

if it*

Sudan no1 - 2012-08-28



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