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).
Then we should ban violence.
These "printers" sound like Star Trek replicators!
A printed gun will likely explode if fired. This is EXACTLY the kind of gun I want mentally unstable people to have.
Then you'll get strangled.
So is human cloning but we've got laws on the books.
Rapid prototyping machines are made for printing small machined objects. Like guns.
Are you being sarcastic?
You have to be using sarcasm, right?
Cool. I'm gonna print me up some more cats.
There are printers that use chocolate as a medium. So it's not a Star Trek magic food dispenser yet but you can make some pretty cool things out of chocolate.
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.
I so dearly wish...
You can make a crude weapon like this with steel tubing.
The concept of micro manufacturing is an exciting promotion point. However, using substandard materials is dangerous for the user. The chamber can become shrapnel. Can manufacturers be threatened like bookstores have been?
Even if the technology was right to make a working gun, you would only get one shot off with the gun it wouldn't be strong enough to handle any more than that
Then we should ban knives.
Can I print food with this 3D printer?
Naw, we buy real guns hewn from blocks of steel or hardwood. Plastic guns are for Frenchmen.
Wait! Is this the first or second amendment? Then right to a free press or the right to bear arms?
The right to free arms?
Those are young guys trying to raise money... The working model is a simple barrel and electronic solenoid retrofit. The plastics break when it is used. They have not started on a working mechanical model. They are selling distributed manufacturing without regulation or monopoly. Sounds good.
Printing a working gun can't happen so quit worrying about it.
More than a few regulars who post on SOH will be buying their printers...to protect America.
Uneducated people will always be uneducated.
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That's a terrible idea! I dont think guns should be illegal, but printing your own gun? That's Crazy!!
3-D printers don't kill people. People with 3-D printers kill people.
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.
Their about $1000 each also.
I'm a republican and yea it should be illegal! You can't just automatically say no when it comes to guns for everything!
I learned about these kinds of printers in my biology class. They can design an atom or strand of DNA on the computer, and the printer can use whatever material chosen to print out that object, one layer at a time. Virtually anything could be made. But guns? Lets use it for what its made for.
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.
All guns should be banned no matter how they are made.
Homework on Christmas?
If serialized and the same rules are followed as standard manufacturing then yes...but I don't think the technology is there yet for the "workings" of a firearm
I've added some explanation in the question itself. And here I thought *everyone* starts their morning by reading Popular Science magazine online. :-)
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.
It's a machine that extrudes a small bead of plastic layer by layer to build a full 3D plastic part from a CAD file.
There are $$$ versions that can make metal parts, but no 3D printer today could manufacture a full working gun, just bits and pieces, which aren't strong enough to fire a bullet.
You can't print a whole gun, just the frame. Based on what I've seen from the 3D printed world, a gun with a printed frame would fire, but I wouldn't fire it...
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.
A 3d printer is where a special printer prints a wax model of a picture, one of these was featured in csi where someone used one to make a gun to assassinate someone, however in real life it would be just a model having no functionality what so ever so I see no point to ban it
At least I don't think so, from what I've read about the technology.
No. It wouldn't be a working gun.
Rapid prototyping machines (often called 3D printers have been used to build gun frames from files you can easily download from the Internet.)
The technology is not sufficient to print barrels, springs, many moving parts or ammunition yet.
At 65 I thought I keep up with this techy stuff but what the heck is a 3D printer and how is this done?
What the heck is a 3-d printer?!?
A: you can't make a whole gun with a 3D printer yet
B: it's not illegal to make yourself a gun. Why would a 3D printed gun be any more dangerous than a conventionally built one?
Maybe I am lost... Printing a picture of a gun.... Illegal?!?!?!
It should be illegal. The big problem is that criminals and mentally unstable people don't care about the laws.
Agreed. I'm getting sick of these type of "should we ban XXXX?" questions.
What's next? Make it illegal to draw a picture of a gun? How quickly we are willing to give away the things others gave their lives for.