Should it be illegal to make a gun with a 3-D printer? (3-D printers are devices that can "print" physical shapes/objects from digital plans. Functioning guns will be technically possible before long).
Please tell me how you police this law.
Do you implant chips into each 3D printer so the government knows what you are printing and when?
Before you write a law, figure out if you can actually enforce it.
No more illegal than making a gun in a machine shop. Same rules.
Many 3D printers used in homes are built by the Makers themselves. They buy off-the-shelf boards and controllers and add the software themselves. No good way to police that just like a drill press and old fashioned milling tools that people use to hand craft firearms.
Don't forget the springs. You can't print springs.
You can't print a working gun. The tensile strength and moving parts including springs will be an issue. It is possible to create molds for molten materials though.
Don't color Xeroxes also have a function not to copy money without sending anything to the government?
The technology is so expensive only large companies or the very wealthy could afford the machines!
injection molding would have to be used. 3D printing a gun would be more dangerous for the shooter than the target.
Yeah, and let's hope it stays that way. I wouldn't want to live in a world where any manic could print his own weapon of choice.
I understand your point, but if were legal to produce a nuclear weapon, would that be okay and limited to its use? I sincerely hate to employ a slippery slope argument, but if ever it was appropriate, wouldn't weapon replication be the arena?
It's not printing pictures of guns that we are discussing.
We are discussing printing actual, working guns that can kill people. With new technology called 3-D printing, this is possible. Right now 3-D printing cannot print such complex things, but soon it will be able to do so.
This was actually in production. A group online was very close to publishing a tested design, but was shut down by the Feds recently.
Can I print food with this 3D printer?
When I first heard about this it put a huge smile on my face. One more hurdle for the gov to take away one of my rights for which thousands of Americans have fought and died. It just makes me sick that some of you would even consider handing them over.
This takes much more knowledge and skill than just hitting print as well. And it takes hours to print just one.
Then we should ban violence.
$1000 machine that can print a virtually unlimited number of guns.
Sounds like an economical option.
Is there anything you people think the federal government SHOULDN'T ban or have a mandate or regulation on? You should all read up on how to catch wild pigs and see if after reading it you think we should ban everything in sight.
Simple answer is no. Any device made to inflict harm, even death should be monitored for the safety of others. A machine that can make plastic parts for a weapon won't we good for anyone.
It should be a military weapon only
Exactly. Bithi g wrong with that. Why don't most realize this?
We always want to ban things that threaten our profits. We want control of the cash flow. These are useful machines but can't print a ready made working gun. At best we have to assemble the pieces. Not all components meet functional standards today. What about springs and other materials?
As someone who leans Libertarian, I'm hesitant to endorse another activity inside the privacy of my home, requiring constant, ongoing Governmental monitoring. If these printers can actually produce functioning firearms, sell them and/or software at gun shops, subject to the same regulations, right?
It's already illegal unless you have a fire arms manufacturing license... That is good enough for me.
If you're buying a gun.
If you just want to build yourself one, that's completely legal.
I think it should be highly regulated.
I have an idea! Let's ban everything! Like that's really going to work
Criminals aren't hindered by laws, so the only people such a law would impact are the ones who would be responsible weapon owners in the first place.
Doo: I'm sure technology is going to advance a lot more than we all expect. And laws should be updated with technological growth. I appreciate ur feedback cuz I now realize that maybe we need to address this in policy ASAP. Whatever the outcome is.
Regardless of whether it sounds good or not, it's nearly impossible to force something like this. Some places say locked software. Well everyone will simply jailbreak it lol. Either way, the quality of a printed gun will be far lower than a manufactured one at this point. No real danger.
It's already possible.
It would be cheaper just to buy parts and tools from Lowes and make it old-school. Folks do that now... they even make their own ammo.
A 3D printer, also called a rapid prototyping machine, builds a 3 dimensional object from tiny dabs of ABS plastic (usually).
They have been used to print an AR-15 frame, but cannot print most of the moving parts, springs, barrels, or ammunition.
Gotta have the correct materials and technology.
Today's tech can not reproduce a firearm. Especially a barrel that has to withstand the HUGE pressure generated by smokeless powder. Maybe smaller firearm parts that don't have to withstand 40,000 psi. But the quality would be worse than china. You would probably kill yourself first time firing it
Homework on Christmas?
All guns should be banned no matter how they are made.
If it were possible to print a complete working weapon then no. It could be untraceable and used by psychos. It would possibly be a one time use throwaway weapon and that would be very dangerous in a psychos hands.
Google something before making absurd claims. I had a 3d printer that I paid $800 for and got it a few weeks after ordering it. MakerBot cranks them out all day. RepRap has plans so you can build your own. People have used the plans to build printers for everything from chocolate to concrete.
It's gonna be a weird future. Hard to imagine what will happen, let alone how to legislate it. Just wait until gene modding becomes commonplace. Personally, I'm gonna get me some wings and some gills and print myself a bunch of guns.
Anyone with access to a machine shop and, as i stated, basic mechanical skill, can make a gun. And plenty have...
Printing a working gun can't happen so quit worrying about it.
Actually the reprap can be built for as little as $450. There is another one that was less but I can't remember the name.
Actually, yes. There are 3d printers that use protein and carbohydrate compounds to "print" foods.
They want to use them to "grow" animal based meat that doesn't come from animals.
So is human cloning but we've got laws on the books.
MrProws, I need one of those chocolate printers. Real bad.
A 3d printer will never be able to create a functioning gun. It can't create the inner workings of a gun from a picture. Ridiculous. Guns will never be outlawed so get over it. Stop drumming up controversy where there isn't any.
How would you unforced something like this? Why pass unenforceable laws?
>what would you like sir?
Yeah ill have the printed bacon, on a printed sesame seed bun.
>ok, that will be 5 printed dollars.