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(Uproxx)   Buy a celebratory Tim Hortons for your favorite moose. The first 3D printed rifle has successfully fired in Canada   (uproxx.com) divider line 29
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2013-07-26 12:08:49 PM
Well, *TECHNICALLY* it's not a  rifle, as rifles have, you know *RIFLING*, and this is a smoothbore, but yes, it is a 3D printed long gun, and it does shoot a single projectile.
 
2013-07-26 12:20:26 PM

dittybopper: Well, *TECHNICALLY* it's not a  rifle, as rifles have, you know *RIFLING*, and this is a smoothbore, but yes, it is a 3D printed long gun, and it does shoot a single projectile.


Additionally, the firearm was rendered unusable after discharging that single projectile.

Therefore, strict new laws are required.
 
2013-07-26 12:31:53 PM
We cannot allow the Canadians to have this technology.  They will invade us and impose universal health care, winter eleven months of the year, and Anne Murray... all day, every day.

/that's sarcasm, son
 
2013-07-26 12:43:56 PM

Dimensio: dittybopper: Well, *TECHNICALLY* it's not a  rifle, as rifles have, you know *RIFLING*, and this is a smoothbore, but yes, it is a 3D printed long gun, and it does shoot a single projectile.

Additionally, the firearm was rendered unusable after discharging that single projectile.

Therefore, strict new laws are required.


Well, that's just a development issue.  The first 3D printed AR-15 receiver cracked after 6 rounds.  Now, they've built one that went over 600 rounds.  The first 3D printed handgun was only capable of firing a couple shots, but subsequent work got it up to 9 or 10.

It'll get there.  This is the "Wright Flyer" stage of the technology, a demonstration that it's possible.
 
2013-07-26 12:44:41 PM
TECHNOBEVETS! I SUMMON YOU TO THIS THREAD! COME FORTH, UNHOLY DEMON!

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2013-07-26 12:47:34 PM

bluorangefyre: We cannot allow the Canadians to have this technology.  They will invade us and impose universal health care, winter eleven months of the year, and Anne Murray... all day, every day.

/that's sarcasm, son


I wouldn't mind invading Anne Murray all day, every day.
 
2013-07-26 01:09:48 PM
Yeah, and then we cheeched.
 
2013-07-26 01:13:24 PM
a 3d printed rifle sounds like the most expensive waste of 3d printing

you're better off buying a $1 piece of tubing at home depot
 
2013-07-26 01:16:18 PM
inferior, pointless AND more expensive? where do i sign up?
 
2013-07-26 01:19:15 PM

hardinparamedic: TECHNOBEVETS! I SUMMON YOU TO THIS THREAD! COME FORTH, UNHOLY DEMON!

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I can't wait for the news article when the ISS gets a 3D Printer.
 
2013-07-26 01:19:56 PM
Again, this is the "Wright Flyer" stage of development of this technology.

Right now, it seems expensive, dangerous, and pointless when there are superior alternatives available.   But that's how heavier-than-air aviation was in 1904.
 
2013-07-26 01:24:59 PM

Begoggle: hardinparamedic: TECHNOBEVETS! I SUMMON YOU TO THIS THREAD! COME FORTH, UNHOLY DEMON!

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I can't wait for the news article when the ISS gets a 3D Printer.


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2013-07-26 01:37:02 PM
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My favorite moose.
 
2013-07-26 02:15:41 PM

tlchwi02: inferior, pointless AND more expensive? where do i sign up?


Hey, that one shot might save your life some day...Or blow up in your face.
 
2013-07-26 02:19:10 PM

Snargi: tlchwi02: inferior, pointless AND more expensive? where do i sign up?

Hey, that one shot might save your life some day...Or blow up in your face.


It *COULD* be both.  At the same time.
 
2013-07-26 02:37:32 PM
I wonder if the terrorists have considered making the barrel with some kind of high-strength plastic on a lathe.  Or maybe take a 0.22-inch plastic rod, roll a half inch layer of epoxy-saturated Kevlar cloth around it, then drill out the plastic.  Either of those would be metal-detector-proof and more likely to survive firing the first round.

(Not as hip, though, since you can't just have your computer make it in the background while you stuff your face with Cheetoz and play WoW.)
 
2013-07-26 02:45:59 PM

ausfahrk: I wonder if the terrorists have considered making the barrel with some kind of high-strength plastic on a lathe.  Or maybe take a 0.22-inch plastic rod, roll a half inch layer of epoxy-saturated Kevlar cloth around it, then drill out the plastic.  Either of those would be metal-detector-proof and more likely to survive firing the first round.

(Not as hip, though, since you can't just have your computer make it in the background while you stuff your face with Cheetoz and play WoW.)


it would be far easier for "Terrorists" to construct their own AK47-style weapons out of scrap metal than it would to try to fashion one out of plastics or polymers.

You can easily make a zip gun for a few bucks out of your local hardware store that will shoot a .22LR or .32 ACP round, and can be made to look like a large business-style pen.
 
2013-07-26 02:48:19 PM
You can make a single-shot shotgun for just a few bucks using parts from any hardware store..... And it won't break after the first shot, you can use it over and over again. You could even weld multiple ones together and have as large as a six-shot 12-gauge that you can carry in a standard laptop bag or a large purse. Making a shotgun at home for personal use is also entirely legal.

As to what they are doing with plastic guns.... There may never be a plastic strong enough to make an entire gun from. There certainly isn't anything even vaguely close today. They will need Metal 3D printers that can use very high quality metal at very low temperatures to make guns using 3D printing at home, but we are probably a century or more from that happening, if it happens at all, which I have doubts about.
 
2013-07-26 03:07:56 PM

arentol: You can make a single-shot shotgun for just a few bucks using parts from any hardware store..... And it won't break after the first shot, you can use it over and over again. You could even weld multiple ones together and have as large as a six-shot 12-gauge that you can carry in a standard laptop bag or a large purse. Making a shotgun at home for personal use is also entirely legal.

As to what they are doing with plastic guns.... There may never be a plastic strong enough to make an entire gun from. There certainly isn't anything even vaguely close today. They will need Metal 3D printers that can use very high quality metal at very low temperatures to make guns using 3D printing at home, but we are probably a century or more from that happening, if it happens at all, which I have doubts about.


This is only true if you expect a gun to last tens of thousands of rounds.

We gun owners are kind of conditioned to that:  A quality gun is the one common consumer item you can buy as a young man in the full expectation that with but modest care, it will outlive you.  Hell, when my father dies, I'm going to get some of the guns he made, and I expect that I will pass them down to my son, who will pass them to his kids eventually.

It's not always true, however, that every gun needs to be that durable.  If you can print a gun cheaply for one time use then you don't have to invest a lot of money on a gun that you may have little use for afterwards.

Also, you don't need to make them as strong as modern guns to be effective.   Heavy, large caliber, lower velocity bullets are just as effective (if not more so) as smaller, faster bullets, and the pressure requirements for such a gun are much, much lower, which is why it was used back when materials science was a black art.
 
2013-07-26 03:26:10 PM

hardinparamedic: it would be far easier for "Terrorists" to construct their own AK47-style weapons out of scrap metal than it would to try to fashion one out of plastics or polymers.


Allow me to introduce you to the shiat-shovel AK  and the Iron Glock.
 
2013-07-26 03:33:09 PM
BTW, I can see 3D printing being more effective for making the frame of a handgun, at least for a while, and that is the part that is legally considered to be a gun.  Print out a plastic frame and add a couple of sheet metal parts for the rails, then insert a parts kit with a slide, barrel, trigger group, etc.
 
2013-07-26 06:22:24 PM
What a freaky non sequitur about prosthetics and dreses at the end of the article. Why did the author go from a very good article that listed facts, to gibberish?

Also, AWESOME WIN for Canada.
 
2013-07-26 07:25:51 PM

dittybopper: Well, *TECHNICALLY* it's not a  rifle, as rifles have, you know *RIFLING*, and this is a smoothbore, but yes, it is a 3D printed long gun, and it does shoot a single projectile.


So...it's a 3d-printed musket?

Maybe if he'd wrapped the barrel in a few rounds of duct tape it wouldn't have split....
 
2013-07-26 07:41:28 PM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: dittybopper: Well, *TECHNICALLY* it's not a  rifle, as rifles have, you know *RIFLING*, and this is a smoothbore, but yes, it is a 3D printed long gun, and it does shoot a single projectile.

So...it's a 3d-printed musket?

Maybe if he'd wrapped the barrel in a few rounds of duct tape it wouldn't have split....


Or simply tapered the barrel, with it thicker at the back.
 
2013-07-26 10:09:55 PM
Awesome. Then you can use the printer to make a prosthetic cock to make up for your inadequacy.
 
2013-07-26 10:20:03 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Awesome. Then you can use the printer to make a prosthetic cock to make up for your inadequacy.


Well, seeing as the barrel splits after a single use, I think any man who feels inadequate enough that a .22 feels like massive compensation would be a-OK using that barrel as a .224" diameter penis gourd.
 
2013-07-26 11:54:52 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Awesome. Then you can use the printer to make a prosthetic cock to make up for your inadequacy.


TWEEEEET!  Violation of Markley's Law.  Fifteen yard penalty, and automatic loss of argument.
 
2013-07-27 02:45:04 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Awesome. Then you can use the printer to make a prosthetic cock to make up for your inadequacy.


Your attempt to introduce discussion of your obsession with male genitalia is not appropriate.
 
2013-07-27 07:19:40 PM
Yet another gun nut so turned on by the idea of printing a gun that he creates a barely functioning, self-destructing "gun" that probably can't aim for sh*t but will STILL get the politicians to restrict 3D printers.

Someone tell me why this wasn't listed as FAIL?
 
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