Full Gun Has Now Been 3D-Printed for the First Time
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  • OldeSchoolLiberal

    FP-45 Liberator was a WWII single shot pistol intended to be dropped to resistance fighters in occupied Europe.

  • qet

    His last words–“a revolution means a revolution”–echo Robespierre’s 1793 admonition to the National Assembly: “Citizens, did you want a revolution, without a revolution?” So today is 1789. 1793 is not far off. That’s my takeaway.

  • george999

    Wow, we can now use automated equipment to make zip guns. Guys,
    shotguns can be made from a pipe. Crude guns have been made in
    prisons. There’s a reason criminals outside of prisons don’t use zip
    guns. They don’t need to. No one needs to use a crappy plastic gun.
    Nowhere in any of the articles does it say whether the barrel has
    rifling or whether it can even hold up to more than one shot. Until
    expensive factory style additive manufacturing equipment is available
    for home users, 3D printing is like model rocketry, a hobby. It only
    does plastic. Until it can print metal and electronics this really
    means nothing.

    • I don’t believe it can hold more than one shot, no. And you’re right about the current generation of home 3D printing not being quite there yet for serious disruption. It’s interesting, though, how quickly we’ve already gotten this far, isn’t it?

      • george999

        I completely agree that serious 3D printing such as additive manufacturing is very important. However the home hobbyist version is grossly over-hyped since it does nothing but plastic. The limitation of only plastic makes it almost useless in any serious sense. It’s not just the current generation as in only a generation away. It needs metal and electronics and that is still way too expensive. The near future impact is not in home printing but in changing small factory manufacturing.

      • Jim Luebke

        3D printing has been around for a little over 20 years. 20 years is an interesting number because it’s the time it takes for a patent to expire.

        Coincidence? Not at all. The current boom in 3D printing is a direct result of the expiration of the original patents on additive manufacturing.

        It’s an interesting data point for politicians who think that the duration of intellectual property ownership by the original creator should be “infinity minus a day”, to encourage creativity and economic growth.

  • On one hand, getting ‘mostly inoffensive but weirdly off-putting anarchist’ vibes from video. On other hand, I am all about being able to synthesize my own everything.

  • Lorenz Gude

    I still believe those socialists over in Vermont have the best gun law in the US if it still survives from the era of common sense:- ‘not for criminal purposes’.

  • circleglider

    All gun control is based upon the same fantasy: it is possible to control and eventually reduce the supply of guns in civilian hands, possibly all the way to zero.

    Guns aren’t consumable items like drugs. They’re incredibly simple and durable. This demonstration “printable” gun is designed to once again emphasize that it is foolish to try to control something that is uncontrollable.

    Fordham law professor Nicholas Johnson has formalized this dilemma in Supply Restrictions at the Margins of Heller and the Abortion Analogue: Stenberg Principles, Assault Weapons, and the Attitudinalist Critique.

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