We've already seen that it's possible to print parts of a gun--and have it work--using a 3-D printer. The project was highly controversial, but now a group wants to make sure that anyone can print a working gun at home.
The "Wiki Weapon Project," by a group called "Defense Distributed," is trying to raise $20,000 to get a plastic, 3-D printed handgun on the market. The chosen printer is the RepRap, which can be bought by anyone for less than $1,000. If the design works, an owner could upload the CAD blueprint and have the gun instantly.
A member of the group, Cody Wilson, told Forbes that the group is gathering the money to buy or rent a $10,000 Stratasys 3-D printer for prototyping the design, then offer a $1,000 or $2,000 prize to whoever gives them the best model for a 3-D printed gun. (They claim they've already received entries.) Once they build one, the design will be made open-source and RepRap-compatible.
The group's Indiegogo campaign was shut down for "unusual account activity" Tuesday after raising $2,000, but they're still collecting funds from their site and via Bitcoin. Here's the Indiegogo video:
TAKE THAT Defense Distributed!! Finally, some moral accountability.. Thank you, Stratasys!!
Wow.. Exactly what you guys in the US need, an even easier less traceable way of acquiring guns!
Exactly how many massacres do there need to be to have at least something of a re-think on the gun laws?
Not that these chumps will actually be able to print the parts required to assemble a hand gun in the first place, given that 3D printers work by extruding melted plastic (Correct me if I'm wrong) and the propellent in ammunition works via rapidly expanding hot gasses.. I spot a slight problem there.
Just a quick question on the whole right to bear arms thing, I can half see that owning a non-automatic hand gun for 'home defence' is sort of justifiable, but what's with the fully automatic assault rifles and such?? Do you have rampaging hoards over there?? Armies of burglars that require military fire power to mow them down in their dozens??
Gun laws don't solve anything and only further the issue of stripping law abiding citizens from defending themselves and others. Half of the "massacres" you so colorfully brought up could have been quickly prevented or reduced the death and injuries sustained from such events if someone simply took out the offending person with a legal method of defense. Statistics generally show that stricter gun laws do exactly the opposite of what everyone wants. That is everyone living. Also, just because you don't understand the purpose of something doesn't mean you have to come on here and display your ignorance. To help with your obviously uneducated mind, take a read of some relevant information. Google the obvious "Gun laws reduce violence" and see what comes up!
Zoidberg, Do you seriously believe that if you say "No", all criminals will obey criminal law? You are correct in that propellants used create pressures that make plastic useful for only unstrained parts (lower receivers for AR15's, pistol frames, furniture, and the like.)There is nothing wrong with semi autos- It is simply a mechanism that uses existing recoil (and thus actually reducing the power)to bring the firearm back into battery. Full auto weapons are heavily regulated (us law abiding folks have more red tape to deal with than buying a tank) and AR15s and civvie AK's are not assault rifles, but "assault weapons"- a thoroughly inaccurate term- they have the "scary" cosmetics of a military arm- militaries use good stuff, so following military choices are oft wise ones.
This really doesn't open up anything new for criminals look up the term Zip gun.
Criminal types have been making fire arms out of things like pieces of pipe for years and a pipe gun would likely be generally more reliable then 3d one made of plastic.
It's just a matter of time before someone prints one with titanium powder or some ceramic/tungsten cermetal composition.