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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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Jack14 Massachusetts
12/25/12 10:23 am

Then we should ban violence.

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pads31
12/25/12 10:22 am

These "printers" sound like Star Trek replicators!

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:22 am

A printed gun will likely explode if fired. This is EXACTLY the kind of gun I want mentally unstable people to have.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:20 am

Then you'll get strangled.

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MrFred
12/25/12 10:20 am

So is human cloning but we've got laws on the books.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 10:19 am

Rapid prototyping machines are made for printing small machined objects. Like guns.

MrMilkdud
12/25/12 10:19 am

Are you being sarcastic?
You have to be using sarcasm, right?

2katz I live in Nebraska
12/25/12 10:19 am

Cool. I'm gonna print me up some more cats.

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MrFred
12/25/12 10:18 am

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.

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MrMilkdud
12/25/12 10:16 am

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.

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 10:15 am

You can make a crude weapon like this with steel tubing.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 10:13 am

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?

jacmcmaho
12/25/12 10:12 am

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

Jack14 Massachusetts
12/25/12 10:11 am

Then we should ban knives.

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BAL North Carolina
12/25/12 10:10 am

Can I print food with this 3D printer?

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

Naw, we buy real guns hewn from blocks of steel or hardwood. Plastic guns are for Frenchmen.

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Pragmaniac Hipsterville
12/25/12 10:09 am

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?

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 10:08 am

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.

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
12/25/12 10:06 am

Printing a working gun can't happen so quit worrying about it.

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suppressedID suck it Kyle
12/25/12 10:04 am

More than a few regulars who post on SOH will be buying their printers...to protect America.

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cruckel Shadow Moses Island
12/25/12 10:03 am

Uneducated people will always be uneducated.

Fact FL
12/25/12 10:03 am

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Brookee woo pig
12/25/12 10:03 am

That's a terrible idea! I dont think guns should be illegal, but printing your own gun? That's Crazy!!

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suppressedID suck it Kyle
12/25/12 10:03 am

3-D printers don't kill people. People with 3-D printers kill people.

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honored
12/25/12 10:00 am

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.

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eliseml14
12/25/12 10:00 am

Their about $1000 each also.

Strength
12/25/12 9:59 am

I'm a republican and yea it should be illegal! You can't just automatically say no when it comes to guns for everything!

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eliseml14
12/25/12 9:58 am

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.

jimiscott Survivor
12/25/12 9:54 am

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.

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Fact FL
12/25/12 9:49 am

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Jack14 Massachusetts
12/25/12 9:48 am

All guns should be banned no matter how they are made.

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gmw
12/25/12 9:37 am

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

Tony SOH Founder
12/25/12 9:26 am

I've added some explanation in the question itself. And here I thought *everyone* starts their morning by reading Popular Science magazine online. :-)

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wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/25/12 9:25 am

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.

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fortneja
12/25/12 9:21 am

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.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 9:19 am

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...

Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 9:16 am

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.

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jacmcmaho
12/25/12 9:16 am

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

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kateXcore Dark side of the moon
12/25/12 9:13 am

At least I don't think so, from what I've read about the technology.

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kateXcore Dark side of the moon
12/25/12 9:12 am

No. It wouldn't be a working gun.

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 9:12 am

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.

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babyboomer1 The flatulance express
12/25/12 9:11 am

At 65 I thought I keep up with this techy stuff but what the heck is a 3D printer and how is this done?

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Sharknight
12/25/12 9:09 am

What the heck is a 3-d printer?!?

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Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/25/12 9:08 am

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?

Rafic
12/25/12 9:07 am

Maybe I am lost... Printing a picture of a gun.... Illegal?!?!?!

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chinito Florida
12/25/12 9:07 am

It should be illegal. The big problem is that criminals and mentally unstable people don't care about the laws.

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fortneja
12/25/12 9:06 am

Agreed. I'm getting sick of these type of "should we ban XXXX?" questions.

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joshg USS Battleship Alabama
12/25/12 9:06 am

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.

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