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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Big Al
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Big Al
January 16, 2013 5:50 am

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

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49
January 16, 2013 6:25 am

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

flashingscotsman
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January 16, 2013 9:47 am

I thought his wife was pretty cute.

BarbR
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BarbR
January 15, 2013 3:18 pm

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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poppajoe49
January 15, 2013 6:06 am

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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sa_rose
January 14, 2013 10:03 pm

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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Missile Command
January 14, 2013 3:51 pm

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

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

!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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BarbR
January 15, 2013 3:47 pm

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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Not so silent
January 16, 2013 9:27 am

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

poppajoe49
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poppajoe49
January 15, 2013 7:28 pm

I thought you were married Barb.

BarbR
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BarbR
January 16, 2013 4:57 am

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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poppajoe49
January 16, 2013 6:24 am

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

drb
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drb
January 15, 2013 6:40 pm

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

PsychoDad
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January 14, 2013 1:56 pm

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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January 14, 2013 2:26 pm

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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Joe
January 14, 2013 11:16 pm

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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January 15, 2013 8:26 pm

CNC

CO2Insanity
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January 14, 2013 2:33 pm

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

Sidekick
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Sidekick
January 14, 2013 12:44 pm

Amazing.

Kip Hooker
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January 14, 2013 12:29 pm

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

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