I’ve never read an article as full of uninformative hogwash and FUD.

You can’t print a gun barrel of ABS plastic. You’d suffer the geek equivalent of a Jihadi workplace accident.

Have fun making fun of it.

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BobontheJob February 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

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This could be a problem because, as you know, every home has a homemade 3D printer, a desktop CNC mill and a laser cutter. We keep ours by the toaster.

perlcat February 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

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Yep, I figure a person that can learn autocad well enough to design a gun, and has $2200 handy to blow on a printer probably can figure out significantly better ways to make things that go boom.

I just love the “EVERYBODY PANIC!111!! THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT ONLY LEGISLATION CAN SAVE US FROM!111!!” tone of the article. This isn’t news. This is vomit arranged in bits and bytes.

GhostntheMachine February 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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“…bits and bytes”, heh. {I’d insert a Beavis snort but I’m lazy, the mood of the electorate must be catching}

poppajoe49 February 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

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can figure out significantly better ways to make things that go boom.

70% Potassium Perchlorate 30% Aluminum Powder

CaliforniaDave February 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

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Jeff Dunham uses a 3D printer to make the heads of his “suitcase posse” and other props. There’s a video on this on the “Minding The Monsters” DVD. In the video, he says that the high-end 3D printers can cost up to $250,000 – but they can work with TITANIUM.

perlcat February 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

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EVERYBODY PANIC!111!! THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT ONLY LEGISLATION CAN SAVE US FROM!111!!

poppajoe49 February 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

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Yea, because we all have an extra $250k laying around for a printer, and the ability to acquire high quality titanium.

ooddballz February 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

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The original WW2 “grease guns” were made from washing machine parts, or so I have read somewhere.
My point being, for the cost of a printer to print a 3D gun, I can but a digital lathe, and all the other digital machines, plus all the metal, look up the plans online, and fabricate my own firearm in my own home.
Others have done all the work, planning, etc. All I would have to do is mill the parts and assemble them.

CO2Insanity February 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

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Not the barrel. They were made mostly of stamped steel, not forged, not washing machine parts. Most companies during WW2 converted their assembly lines to make things for the war. Grease guns may have been made by Maytag, GE, Whirlpool, etc.

If you could actually make a grease gun from washing machine parts Obama would be trying to outlaw Maytags.

ooddballz February 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

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Pretty sure the barrel could be milled for a single block of steel though.
I could be mistaken.

flashingscotsman February 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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My neighbor many years ago made his barrel from pipe, milled the rest. On a VERY tight budget.

If you’ve got the money to do all this, you could just go buy one on the black market.

Racism unintended.

DefHarryMelon February 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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Oh my god! That is so wrong! How could people be such scoffy law types? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1wV3lmbSv4

DefHarryMelon February 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

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I think the idea might be to make lots of parts that can be used as components of many other everyday items. Lamps, chairs, tables, self-closing doors, shelves, large pez-type candy dispensers, beds and all sorts of other things. Designed to be dismantled in a moment and then sort of reconstituted into funk channel (see how I stashed the word in there so the inter feds don’t catch it?) dispensers of hot project aisles. A new meaning for Op-art?

Trickie February 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

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Check out ” The slingshot channel – youtube. ” Weapons are easily made

flashingscotsman February 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm

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And very quiet, too.

flashingscotsman February 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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FTA
“Today, with just a design blueprint, a general purpose 3D printer, and some durable printing plastic, people with relatively low engineering skills can fabricate a working gun in the privacy of their own home.”

No, they can’t.

FTA
“enthusiastic kids and hobbyists might fabricate shoddy firearms and accidentally injure themselves in the process of trying them out.”

And that would be whose fault? I’m a big fan of Darwin. I expect this kind of crap from MSNBC, or Yahoo. I guess Fox is working in that direction. The least they could have done is put a picture of some nice long legs on the page.

GhostntheMachine February 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm
poppajoe49 February 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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Those look dangerous!

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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And no mention of how someone with mechanical ability could make a crude, functioning firearm at home with just some basic tools. (Smooth Bore rifle will kill somebody just as dead) So I suppose we need to ban household tools as well.

wornout farmer February 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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All you need to do is look at the zip guns made in prisons to see it doesn’t take much to make a functioning gun. Unsophisticated and not accurate at long ranges, but functional and deadly up close.