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(The Register)   The world's first gun 3D printed in metal. It's more accurate than factory made guns, especially in the hands of a convicted felon who hears voices   ( divider line
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2013-11-09 01:54:38 AM  
4 votes:

tinyarena: Quantum Apostrophe: Fubini: That said, handguns have been "accurate enough" for most uses for about 100 years or so now, so maybe it's all moot.

Luddite. We have now reached the point where we can reproduce 19th century technology in a much more complex, expensive and resource-intensive way than before.

If that isn't the future you want to live in, well then I suggest you grab the next Virgin Galactic Space Ship to Moon Colony Gingrich.

Flawless Victory

Huh? QAs posts are nothing but fail and AIDS.
2013-11-09 01:53:43 AM  
3 votes:
The only parts there weren't printed were four small springs and the magazines.

I remember when magazines were printed, kindle was what you did with fire wood, and onions were sold in finer men's accessories departments in downtown stores. And guns and typewriters were made by the same company.
2013-11-09 02:19:47 AM  
2 votes:
Good.. goooood, I'll just keep buying lathes and mills while these dimwits are distracted with 3D printers.
2013-11-09 02:09:53 AM  
2 votes:

Bigdogdaddy: It's probably against the law to manufacture any type of pistol without a serial number.

Generally it's not, if it's manufactured for personal use and not for sale.
2013-11-09 02:07:23 AM  
2 votes:

Bigdogdaddy: It has to be heat treated, which is something most people don't have access to,  Probably around 1500 degrees F and  quenched by someone that knew metallurgy.  Not really worried about this until they can get past that part.

bag o' coal, leaf blower, bucket o' water
2013-11-09 01:20:20 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-11-09 09:48:22 AM  
1 vote:
Turbo Cojones:
If you'd like an education, call one of THESE thrifty-nic kel/sporting-goods-thrifty-nickel-pensacola-fl-classifieds/ clowns and educate yourself.

This is why it' called the "gun show loophole", and it's a perfect venue for ineligible people to acquire their guns.

So, for your example of the "gun show loophole", you cite... buying guns from private sellers NOT at gun shows? Not very convincing.

While it's possible to find individuals selling guns at some gun shows, what you usually find are a bunch of people selling as dealers - and doing background checks. The handful of private sellers are usually trying to get rid of collector's weapons at fairly high prices - and most of them do their official sales through local gun shops. Which means - again - background checks.

While it's possible to sometime buy weapons at gun shows without going through background checks, it's much, much easier to get them through actual illicit means. Like black-market dealers. Or from the ATF (if you're a Mexican drug lord).
2013-11-09 05:21:29 AM  
1 vote:
People, especially the kinds of have been victims of modern propaganda, seem to think that guns can only be made in the fires of mount doom by a bearded warlock.
Truth is they can be made by anyone with a hacksaw and some pipe.

Its a very old technology that's not difficult to understand.
But, while anyone can make a gun, not anyone can make a good gun.
To make one that fires true and reliably requires properly fit parts built to exacting tolerances and assembled with a masters touch. Its like saying anyone can build a car but only Ferrari can make a rolling work of art that goes two hundred miles an hour.

As a technical demonstration, guns make very good subjects. It shows that 3D printing is coming of age and can do ANY job the customer has in mind.
The fact that someone's going to wet their pants about a new 1911, well I guess that's just free advertising.

/I mean, the things a century old and available for around $500 at any average gun store.
/its also a very common project gun, you can order blanks through the mail.
/are people really this insecure about weapons?
2013-11-09 04:46:25 AM  
1 vote:

Memoryalpha: Oh my look at what they've done... The maker community must be just drooling over this, NOT.   Baring having upwards of $750k to spend on a laser sintering system there won't be any sudden rash of 3d handgun fire going on.  One of these things has about as much to do with the average garage based 3d printer as a Ferrari has to do with a skateboard made by nailing the wheels from an old roller skate onto a 2x4.  The video and attendant internet buzz over this is what's commonly known as a publicity stunt by Solid Concepts, nothing more.

It's not about the maker community, it's about the limp wristed, crybaby pussies who are terrified of anything that goes 'bang',
2013-11-09 03:16:39 AM  
1 vote:

GodComplex: Anyone who can chuck a drill bit could make a semi-auto gun in a weekend.

Somehow, I doubt that Joe Schmuck is going to go down to home depot, buy himself a 1500 dollar "CNC MILL", and start cranking out quality firearms in a weekend.

The more likely scenario is that Joe Schmuck goes down, spends 30 dollars, and uses his home drill to turn a piece of metal pipe and pipe-cap, spring, and a nail into a zip gun.
2013-11-09 02:46:00 AM  
1 vote:

thisisyourbrainonFark: Oops, too bad you're not allowed to own an AK-47, so have fun when the FTA comes knocking on your door.

If you can legally own a Glock 23, you sure as hell can own an AK-47.  In fact, if you pay for the tax stamp, there's no legal reason why you couldn't own a fully automatic version of the AK-47, assuming you have $16K to get a transferable one and you state doesn't have some bullshiat laws preventing you.

And what's the FTA?  Is that your way of coming out of the closet as a full retard?  You never go full retard, man.  Not in public.
2013-11-09 02:13:45 AM  
1 vote:

Bigdogdaddy: It's probably against the law to manufacture any type of pistol without a serial number.  I wonder if they broke the law just by making that if it doesn't have one?

They aren't selling it or transferring it to anyone, and in the video they mentioned they were at their location in Austin where they hold their FFL. Also in the video you'll see the gun has a serial number.
2013-11-09 02:07:38 AM  
1 vote:
This gun is the proof of concept: Firearms can be produced on 3D printers that are reliable and have excellent tolerance.

The next trick will be to design a firearm that can only be produced on a 3D printer that is an improvement upon current firearms. So your 3D printed gun has to be able to outclass Colt, Glock, Smith&Wesson and a dozen others. Can it be done today, more cheaply and and and the same volume as dedicated gun manufacturers? No.

The real trick is that 3D printer can also put out car parts, machine tools, specialty measurement gear, hand tools and a dozen other metal items all to a very high level of accuracy.Once the production rate can be increased from a boutique item to mass production levels a lot of tool and die companies are going to have a lot of trouble keeping up.
2013-11-09 02:07:37 AM  
1 vote:
3D printers are an urban myth.

Ain't no sich thang.
2013-11-09 01:45:02 AM  
1 vote:
I'm more impressed when you can print an object that has a fraction of the parts of the original and the same functionality.
2013-11-09 01:42:01 AM  
1 vote:
So instead of new inventions, this is all people care about with those printers.  They will be banned soon.
2013-11-09 01:32:26 AM  
1 vote:
Whatever. Print a house.
2013-11-09 01:32:10 AM  
1 vote:

cretinbob: and it only costs $1 million

Oh, look... My uncle is 1st in line to buy more than he needs.
2013-11-09 01:21:49 AM  
1 vote:

Bigdogdaddy: It has to be heat treated, which is something most people don't have access to,  Probably around 1500 degrees F and  quenched by someone that knew metallurgy.  Not really worried about this until they can get past that part.

because we ALL have access to 3D metal printers in the first place
2013-11-09 01:21:35 AM  
1 vote:
This is just a company showing off its capabilities by making something sure to get it publicity. Their equipment is way beyond what a criminal could afford or even know how to operate. If someone were determined to make this type of gun themselves, it would probably be cheaper and faster to obtain standard machine tools and get training on how to use them.
2013-11-09 01:14:47 AM  
1 vote:
In before... oh fark it, never mind. I'm going to bed.
2013-11-09 01:10:08 AM  
1 vote:
If QA didn't submit this, I'll be a sad panda.
2013-11-09 12:27:49 AM  
1 vote:
They say it's more accurate, but I'm thinking they compared the performance of this gun to a random sample of the mass produced version. This gun has probably gotten a lot more love and attention than the average assembly line gun.

That said, handguns have been "accurate enough" for most uses for about 100 years or so now, so maybe it's all moot.
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