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(Uproxx)   Buy a celebratory Tim Hortons for your favorite moose. The first 3D printed rifle has successfully fired in Canada   ( divider line
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2110 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Jul 2013 at 12:54 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-07-26 12:08:49 PM  
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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 11:54:52 PM  
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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.
2013-07-26 03:07:56 PM  
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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 01:19:56 PM  
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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 12:43:56 PM  
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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.
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