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Defense Distributed has used a 3d printer to create the worlds first functioning handgun. Of the 16 parts that make up the hand

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  • Defense Distributed has used a 3d printer to create the worlds first functioning handgun. Of the 16 parts that make up the hand

    Defense Distributed has used a 3d printer to create the worlds first functioning handgun. Of the 16 parts that make up the handgun, 15 were made by the printer. Only one part of a gun needs to be made of metal to be legal. How do you think this kind of technology will influence gun laws in the future?

  • #2
    This is a good question, what ever they come up with, enforcement appears to me, to be the problem.

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    • #3
      I would be more concerned if your Medical Insurance will pay to reattach your hand after you try to shoot it.

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      • #4
        Chuck Schumer of NY has set the wheels in motion for the 3-D Gun to ban it.?????

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        • #5
          Maybe the 3D printer can be programmed to produce body parts.

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          • #6
            Graphene is another material being developed that may even be able to replace the steel. A few ten thousands of an inch thick of the material would take thousands of pounds of pressure to push a pencil point through it. One company makes it from the Carbon in the air.

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            • #7
              My CAD teacher talked to a guy who made an AR-15 with the 3-D printer. I may make it my goal to do that someday. What caliber was the handgun.

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              • #8
                Also what was the metal part, could you make it in a shop?

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                • #9
                  the article is on foxnews. it didn't mention the caliber but the sound was certainly more than a .22

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                  • #10
                    Jay, was this an actual functioning gun? It sounds as if it is a prototype. These 3D printers are used pretty much everywhere there is prototyping/R&D lab on new products. The days of clay modeling are virtually through with this 3D printing technology. They don't actually function they are just true to form. I seriously doubt this hasn't been done before. I don't have the article to read so I'm going off of assumption.

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                    • #11
                      Well it seems my assumption was wrong partially. The gun actually fires! However I see no market for such nonsense, it is cheaper to buy a real gun or to make a pipe bomb(Just saying ATF).

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                      • #12
                        If I was going to get involved with this sort of illegality. I would get an 80% complete AR lower frame or just bend and rivet an AK lower. At least I would have my digits and not be laughed at in prison.

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                        • #13
                          Having used a 3D printer and handled the material I cannot imagine how one could hold up.

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                          • #14
                            Apparently it does not hold up very well, CNN has an article on it posted right now. The only metal part is the firing pin which is just a small nail, pretty interesting.

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