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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21 Comments on "Hmmmm. Government very interested in 3D printed guns."

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

poppajoe49
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It didn’t matter?
Maybe he just needed to get away from the wife and dog.

flashingscotsman
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I thought his wife was pretty cute.

BarbR
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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.

poppajoe49
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I will be interested to see how this technology advances, and what new Exec Orders Obama will issue on it.

sa_rose
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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.

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

Not so silent
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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
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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.

Not so silent
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BarbR….I just spit coffee on the screen again!! Thanks for the best laugh of the day..:)

poppajoe49
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I thought you were married Barb.

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

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

PsychoDad
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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
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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.

Joe
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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
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CNC

CO2Insanity
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Someone did print a receiver and fired it 6 times before it let go. http://tinyurl.com/c6zvthz

Sidekick
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Amazing.

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

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