Hmmmm. Government very interested in 3D printed guns. Think of it as an inverse relationship: As the cost of 3D printers is plummeting, the government’s interest in the printing of guns is skyrocketing. (By the way, if you don’t know about this incredible new technology, check out not just this article but all the others at 3DPrinter.net.) It’s un-freakin’-believable.

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Kip Hooker January 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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It is unbelievable. It will lead to another industrial revolution -IMHO.

Sidekick January 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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Amazing.

PsychoDad January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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Those are still just basically demos or proof-of-concept, right? I think it’s still a long way until parts like that could be made in material strong enough. I’ve seen bone replacement made with 3DP, but this (or most things I guess) would be orders of magnitude beyond.

Administrator January 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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They are not yet making complete guns or barrels. They are making such things as receivers, magazines and other parts. Given that 3D printers now can print in about 120 different materials, including various metals, it’s technically possible. The problem is that while the home printers capable of printing out in plastic are down to around $500, the metal-printing ones are still high-priced specialty printers — but so were small algebraic calculators and computers with more than 16K memory. Things are changing quickly. And, 3D printing services will print any 3D CAD file you send them, and then mail it back to you, for a very low cost. Most may not want to print firearm parts, but some may.

CO2Insanity January 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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Someone did print a receiver and fired it 6 times before it let go. http://tinyurl.com/c6zvthz

Joe January 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

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Beck explained that you can make something out of this plastic material, make a ceramic mold of it then use that mold to make metal objects. Sounds reasonable to me.

http://www.3dprinter.net/glenn-beck-new-envangelist-for-3d-printing

Of course, something like a glock, I guess you can just make molds out of an existing glock and do it that way. Don’t know if that will work though. I’ve seen people cut blocks of metal for gun parts, that’s probably the best way atm.

CO2Insanity January 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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CNC

Missile Command January 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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Well that’s just swell. Now printers and multiple ink cartridges must be banned too.

Not so silent January 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

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!5 day waiting period and you need a license to own the printer….Plus a background check and the goobermint will come peek thru your windows for a several days to see if you are printing naughty things..

BarbR January 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

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Luckily I keep my naughty things carefully stashed in my bedside table.

Or in the fridge.

As the case may be.

drb January 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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I guess a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

poppajoe49 January 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

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I thought you were married Barb.

BarbR January 16, 2013 at 4:57 am

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Divorced ten years. But I got the best part of the deal: I got to keep his family. Unfortunately they are 3,000 miles away, but we still keep in touch.

poppajoe49 January 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

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That’s funny, I hated my ex wife, but loved her mother!

Not so silent January 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

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BarbR….I just spit coffee on the screen again!! Thanks for the best laugh of the day..:)

sa_rose January 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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Some TV show posited that the guns would not survive more than a couple of firings without some kind of processing, but that was TV. Still it makes sense.

poppajoe49 January 15, 2013 at 6:06 am

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I will be interested to see how this technology advances, and what new Exec Orders Obama will issue on it.

BarbR January 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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It’s such a shame that the government is interested in the 3D guns. I was hoping they’d be interested in 3D brains.

Hope springs eternal.

Big Al January 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

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George Jetson had a matter replicator, yet he went to work everyday. Why?

poppajoe49 January 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

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It didn’t matter?
Maybe he just needed to get away from the wife and dog.

flashingscotsman January 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

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I thought his wife was pretty cute.