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World's First 3D Printed Metal Gun

3D printing... not just plastics anymore.


3D printing with metal—called direct metal laser sintering or DMLS—is an entirely different beast altogether. As Scott McGowan, Solid Concepts' VP of marketing told The Verge, "There are barriers to entry that will keep the public away from this technology for years." Because not only is the necessary equipment far more expensive than any plastics-based 3D printers, \ the technical skill required is in no way something you can pick up simply flipping through a manual.

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I like the idea that this 3d

I like the idea that this 3d printing riles up the uninformed, but you can make a weapon with a lathe, milling machine, and the necessary skills that will shoot with the same durability as a manufactured gun which at present you can't do with 3d printing for a reasonable price.

I have a customer who runs a plastic injection molding company who bought a 3d plastic printer for prototyping. He did this because a mold for a plastic part can cost from $10,000 upwards depending on the complexity. This way he can make a prototype of the part to make sure it will work properly before spending the money to make a mold. The parts made by the printer are not as strong as the injection molded parts and are just for testing.

The metal printing looks promising as a manufacturing technique in the future and I would suggest it as a career move or investment. I watched the video where they make a miter gear and the surface finish on the teeth would never work without a secondary finishing operation. They said that the gun did not require any machine work and I'm a bit skeptical about that from looking at that gear.

"There are barriers to entry that will keep the general public away from this metal sintering technology for years including metal sintering machines that cost upwards of half a million dollars as well as the need for expert engineers who can operate that equipment. Furthermore, Solid Concepts holds a Type 7 Federal Firearms License (FFL), meaning that the 3D Printed 1911 gun is legal. Stay tuned for more information."

In the videos the process looks slow and in the comments they wouldn't give a time to make the gun so I suspect it's pretty time consuming at present.


I'm reminded of comments that 3D printing won't go anywhere...


"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What has making guns with a copy machine go to do with the watch

I'm old enough to remember the first quartz watches. They cost upwards of $1500 each in 1970. What did they cost eight years later, ten bucks.

In 1981 an IBM desk top computer cost $1565. It had 16K of user memory with optional plug in cards that expanded memory up to 256K for an extra cost. There was a model with 64k memory available for $3000. There wasn't any monitor in the package. That was separate.

Today a .45 caliber, semi-auto handgun costs about $600. How long before the duplicator price begins to drop to an affordable level?

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too much info...now, go wipe off your chest and get out there and spread the Liberty message!

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Ready 2 go 2 me .

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What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Interesting that this is taking place

here in Austin. Same city as Defense Distributed/Cody Wilson. I think it is awesome!

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