Man makes guns with a 3D printer

We’ve seen no shortage of 3D-printed masterpieces over the last several months, but this is reportedly the first time that someone has used the technology to create a firearm. It comes from a users on the AR15 message boards, a community for gun fanatics. He used a Stratasys 3D printer to create a .22 pistol. And yes, it actually works; it can shoot bullets just like a normal gun.

In fact, the user claims to have fired more than 200 rounds out of the machine, and says it still works just fine. But he didn’t stop there. He also assembled a .223 rifle upper and attached it to the lower, again with 100% success. There are multiple resources and blueprints for guns on 3D printing websites, but this is believed to be the first documented case of someone actually creating a working model.

3D printing may still seem like a science fiction concept to the uninitiated, but to those who are willing to open their eyes, it is very apparent that it is here, it is now, and it is exploding in popularity. Everything from glasses to bikinis to coasters to artificial bones to guitars (need we continue?) has been successfully printed from a 3D printer. It’s fascinating to watch this next evolution in scientific advancement.

[via 9HardWare]
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Comments (8)
  • +3
    hagakure2501 26 Jul 2012 #

    shit just got real....

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    VstAudio 26 Jul 2012 #

    Where can I buy this printer, lol

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    tree9 26 Jul 2012 #

    You can Print it all but the Real Question is the Materials.
    you cannot print a gun from the Simple plastic mat. It may melt.. so?
    to create it from Metal you need another kind of "Printer", it calls CNC...

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    DavidAmaya 26 Jul 2012 #

    After the Batman shooting in Arura, Colorado, USA, this shit scares the hell outta me, the parts needed to complete this are readily available (firing mech, springs for the clip ect) and the new bulpup weapons used by SWAT and military around the world are 97% plastic.

    Shit isn't just real, I give this tech 8 years before a Downloaded weapon kills people in a mass shooting bu someone who could NOT import such a weapon.

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    DeMONic314 27 Jul 2012 #

    (Knowledge) + (tools) = (A better world) && (Fear for those who posses neither)

    THX as always iNDEx for helping provide more of the knowledge quotient

    I'm almost inspired to set up a Makerbot to print up an enrichment centrifuge :-)

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    ronsin 29 Jul 2012 #

    Soon you will be able to scan > fax > & print it. Beam me up Scotty!

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    imbit 20 Aug 2012 #

    search @, for "CNC" and we will get alot of things to start ;-)

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    iceman308 13 Oct 2012 #

    thanks, but scarry thought

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