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Printing Weapons
American Thinker, by Jim Gammon

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Posted By:magnante, 12/13/2012 9:53:43 AM

If this bit of information doesn´t offer mixed emotions, nothing will. For those who don´t understand, this technology really exists. It is getting more and more common. The type of 3D printer I have seen in action produces a solid block of plastic, layer by layer. It works like an ink jet printer. Two "inks" are used. One ink is soluble in a solvent, the other isn´t. When you are done printing the block, paper-thin layer by paper-thin layer, embedded in a block of soluble plastic is a complete device in a more substantial plastic.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CecilStrange, 12/13/2012 10:01:29 AM     (No. 9063254)

It´s really 3-D manufacturing. Amazing Jetson-like technology.

First time I saw it was a show about that dummy comedian Jeff Dunham who created a ventriliquist dummy using one - Achmed Jr I believe.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: oceanbeach, 12/13/2012 10:09:29 AM     (No. 9063266)

A plastic printed weapon is of more danger to the shooter than to the target.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 12/13/2012 10:18:53 AM     (No. 9063292)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jimjr, 12/13/2012 10:23:44 AM     (No. 9063301)

It would seem that Mr. Gammon does like the idea that an individual citizen can make his own forearm using this new technology. It would also seem that Mr. Gammon does not know that it is quite legal for an individual citizen to make firearms for his own use. Any number of any sort, the only caveat being that firearms capable of self-sustained, fully-automatic fire must be registered with the Department of the Treasury (BATFE) as a Class III firearm.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 12/13/2012 10:26:19 AM     (No. 9063307)

Within 5 years - 3D printers will be able to turn out MILSPEC weapons.

It will become a crime to own an unregistered printer and print logs will be dumped directly to a federal data base.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 12/13/2012 10:36:57 AM     (No. 9063334)

Stereo Lithography has been in use for about 3 or more decades. We used it to make prototype plastic intricate assemblies to validate and verify designs befor going to major cost tooling. Too,bone-joints.Once tooling was approved, tens of thousands parts could be precisely manufactured if not more. FRom drawing board/CAD systems to parts. As far as Stereo Lithography its producing high volumes are soon to come. Imagine a stealth bomber,submerseables all unmannned,cheap etc.
And too Housing, Autos,and etc. As many things as the imagination can think of.
The glich...EPA will find a way along with labor unions of carpenters, plumbers, electricicans,glazers,roofers...just name it.
They will lobby to block the use of Stero Lithography, Greenies may be happy because trees will be saved and old plastics can be recycled as they are now. Red Tape will put it a couple centuries off.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 12/13/2012 10:56:53 AM     (No. 9063377)

It´s baloney until I see a verified video of its being manufactured and fired. And I think it will stay baloney.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/13/2012 11:00:33 AM     (No. 9063388)

Someone get back to me when I can print a primo New York Strip with a Sapphire Gin martini. Guns are already laying around all over the place, but a great steak and a cocktail? Now that´s something worth printing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jond, 12/13/2012 2:01:24 PM     (No. 9063771)

Its only a matter of time.

Probably less rather than more.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: schnapps, 12/13/2012 2:45:15 PM     (No. 9063821)

What #2 said. The materials used in 3D printers are fragile and brittle. Anyone planning to shoot a 3D printed gun should update his will first.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Griller1, 12/13/2012 2:45:17 PM     (No. 9063822)

It will fire, but you still have to get the springs, trigger, pins and all of the other materials. Then it will only shoot a few times before it breaks. Pretty expensive for a few rounds and a weapon that is more dangerous to the user than the target.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: KTWO, 12/13/2012 3:04:05 PM     (No. 9063843)

Ditto #18. Like it or not.

It is becoming easier and easier to construct nearly everything.

The raw materials you need may not be available; uranium is the most obvious. But plastics aren´t going away.

And the weapon you construct doesn´t have to be durable, maybe it only needs to work once.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bumbleshorts, 12/13/2012 3:31:42 PM     (No. 9063874)

Make a gun with a 3d printer? Great, but let´s see you make the ammunition with the printer.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/13/2012 3:53:19 PM     (No. 9063917)

Mixed emotions? Like laughter or frustration with the sheeple reaction to ANYTHING connected to firearms? The author seems relieved that some arm of the Federal government ´confiscated´ a 3D printer that makes low grade plastic objects. A couple of years ago an Eastman School student was murdered while standing in line for tickets, in the daytime, with a crowd around him. He didn´t hand over something to the usual criminal and was bashed on the head with a piece of broken brick that was lying on the ground. I suppose we could establish a new Federal Police force to patrol ticket sales OR we could encourage people to defend themselves with non lethal or lethal means. It has ALWAYS been that way in human history, but every once in a while some power mad apes want to tell the sheeple apes to follow him and do what ever he says. The sheeple apes still get attacked like before, but now they have the power mad ape´s boot on their throat. As the union thugs have shown, even a box cutter tool can be used to hurt sheeple.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 12/13/2012 5:36:08 PM     (No. 9064131)

sorry #4 but civilians can not register class 3 weapons any more. Not unless the Feds declare another amnesty period. so currently the number of legal class 3 weapons for civilian ownership is fixed. Of course these regulations do not pertain to the government (federal, state, or local)which may obtain as many as they want. So actually there is a VERY large pool of machine guns out there.

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