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Show Of Hands December 25th, 2012 12:00am

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).

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halsnobordrgrl CT
12/25/12 12:43 pm

I think it should be illegal because we will have no way of regulating the gims

centexken Republic of Texas
12/25/12 12:41 pm

Still will need bullets for your new 3-D gun.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 12:34 pm

Don't forget the springs. You can't print springs.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 12:32 pm

What's wrong with gun ownership being socially acceptable?

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davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
12/25/12 12:28 pm

As of yet there is no synthetic material that can replace a barrel. True, all other parts can be synthetic. But to fire an explosive projectile (ie ammo) you need the barrel to be steel, or better.

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jinger New York City
12/25/12 12:23 pm

I said yes as if kids and other people are casually making guns makes it accepted in society. This is bad because it will make people think it is ok to have them. If it is not made like this, it will not seem as acceptable.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 12:06 pm

Only the lower receiver was printed, not the whole gun. On top of that, I don't think that any parts that actually move during firing process were printed.

RonM
12/25/12 11:52 am

Better catch up with the technology! We're printing with some very durable materials these days...

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spindrift take the red pill
12/25/12 11:51 am

The wait period is about 5 minutes btw.

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RonM
12/25/12 11:47 am

Yes, it will be very affordable. Startrek 's replicator is further down the road, but it is coming to most.

MrMilkdud
12/25/12 11:46 am

defensedistributed.com/

Video of the printed gun that you said can't exist.

Also look up cars, microwaves, airplanes, disposable contact lenses, turducken, and other things that people said could never happen.

EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 11:45 am

The scary thing is that being made of a durable plastic, they can get through metal detectors.

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
12/25/12 11:43 am

How would you define "gun?" Could I make gun parts with it then assemble a gun? Could I make parts that could also be used in a gun, but I intend for something else? All kinds of questions will need to be answered soonish.

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EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 11:42 am

I think the cheap ones are just under $6000. but are designed for home crafts. In order to make a gun, they're about $50,000.

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copperhead
12/25/12 11:40 am

I think it should be, but it would be another unenforcible law.

EarlyBird Portland
12/25/12 11:39 am

I just read that a guy got a printed gun to shoot 9 times before the gun fell apart.

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markiep Illinois
12/25/12 11:36 am

How will they regulate it? They can barely regulate it the system in place now.

scalzi04
12/25/12 11:33 am

They've actually already printed guns. The only problem they h e right now is making the material strong enough to last more than 1 shot.

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aggie10 TARDIS
12/25/12 11:33 am

What's the difference between this, and owning other machinery and making it yourself that way. Just because it is new tech, doesn't mean people don't have other means.

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spindrift take the red pill
12/25/12 11:27 am

You can say that until it happens, and that will be soon.

spindrift take the red pill
12/25/12 11:26 am

This is the origin of the questions btw.

spindrift take the red pill
12/25/12 11:25 am

Www.defensedistributed.com. Go and check out the wiki weapon project. You can also follow their blog as the project develops.

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freeedom New Hampshire
12/25/12 11:21 am

How far is your head up your ass that you have never heard of this?

Functioning pieces of guns have already been printed.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 11:20 am

Detection technology will continue to advance just as material technology will. Any time you use a stealthy material for a gun, you trade away effectiveness. A crossbow would end up a better option.

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soulfighter
12/25/12 11:13 am

Also I question that if a gun with a mix of different undetectable materials could be easily identified... Or the probability rate of someone detecting it. Dunno the answer. I also question why someone would want to make an undetectable gun and should we as a society support that endeavor.

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soulfighter
12/25/12 11:08 am

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.

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cato Santa Barbara, California
12/25/12 11:08 am

Make it illegal. It won't matter. People are going to print guns. Technology trumps laws.

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sccr28jb No No No
12/25/12 11:07 am

What mixture of meds did you have this morning to come up with this?....

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 11:04 am

It's more expensive than just buying a gun, but some people already own them for other purposes.

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lazel fandom rehab
12/25/12 11:03 am

I have an idea! Let's ban everything! Like that's really going to work

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LOLdayl Ohio
12/25/12 11:03 am

They could trace the download file of the weapon to the computer and find him

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jonny323
12/25/12 11:03 am

Is this really something that people will be able to afford for in home use?

Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 11:01 am

If you're buying a gun.

If you just want to build yourself one, that's completely legal.

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lazel fandom rehab
12/25/12 10:59 am

Yes there is a reason you are supposed to buy a gun from a legitimate place and go through the wait period

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:58 am

There's no way to make a gun undetectable. Between the chamber, the barrel, the springs, and the ammo there will be enough metal parts to show up on an airport scanner. That's without considering that the ammo smells explosive and the dogs and mechanical sniffers would pick up on it.

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soulfighter
12/25/12 10:52 am

Doo: however there are laws requiring that guns have to be DETECTABLE. With 3D printing it is possible to make a gun not detectable. Don't worry about boarding a plane w a gun anymore! This could be a new form of concealed weaponry. I feel safer now.

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PriorityShippin
12/25/12 10:35 am

that's not going to stop criminals from making guns

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:35 am

I want anyone turning a rifle on innocents to injure themselves

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zourn Texas
12/25/12 10:34 am

I think it should be lightly regulated, the same as it currently is to manufacture your own gun by hand.

Victrino New Jersey
12/25/12 10:31 am

The latest issue of popular science has a good article on it

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KudosToYou California
12/25/12 10:30 am

You want mentally unstable people to injure themselves? Wouldn't you wish that on criminals instead?

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Victrino New Jersey
12/25/12 10:30 am

the operative phrase was before long. the newest 3-d printers can print in up to 16 mediums at a time including various metals, stone, glass, plastic, rubber... it's really exciting technology.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:29 am

It's legal to build yourself a gun. Why not print one?

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bruhman
12/25/12 10:27 am

Laws keep only the good people honest

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:27 am

You can't print springs or chambers. Even the super high end stuff doesn't have the right combination of tensile strength and surface quality/tolerances.

bruhman
12/25/12 10:27 am

Would a criminal care if it was legal or not?

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soulfighter
12/25/12 10:26 am

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.

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MrMilkdud
12/25/12 10:24 am

$1000 machine that can print a virtually unlimited number of guns.
Sounds like an economical option.

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bigdog3210 Around
12/25/12 10:24 am

It would explode before the round even left the chamber. The plaster that they use isn't nearly hard enough to withstand the pressure that a gun creates.