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First all metal 3D printed gun

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Here’s The First All-Metal 3D Printed Gun, Because We Can

Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/metal-3d-printed-gun-1911/#ixzz2k67lut2b

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The automatic pistol they printed is a Model 1911 45ACP, the public domain, century-old design by John Browning. All of it (except the springs) was made with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Even the rifling was done by the 3D printer. Assembling the thirty-three components of the 3D printed gun took about seven minutes and the use of some hand tools, but the gun was never machined.

According to the company, the over 30 components were made using a laser sintering process in which powdered metals are melted by a laser in layers using a digital plan. In this, a layer of powder is fused, then the printing machine lays down another layer and the process continues. Once complete, the excess powder is removed as are any supporting structures and the component is filed and cold hardened.

Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/metal-3d-printed-gun-1911/#ixzz2k670A6lp

This is the real deal. See the video.

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HAHA, they realised the plastic urinal shaped one might not take off.

Are there not enough guns around already, why not come up with something a bit less violent orientated, like a ...pullover or something!

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My first reaction is, "Just because we can doesn't mean we should."

But, no, this isn't an anti-handgun rant-n-rave. I'm fascinated that such an item can be manufactured using a laser printing process upgraded to do the fusing of powdered metal.

Any details (I watched the video but didn't see/hear them) about how long the printing process is, the cost of the materials and the process and/or the "ticket price" on such a firearm?

Is the process so complex as to make it unlikely that we'll see "gun labs" (like meth labs) out in isolated rural America, or in isolated inner-city clandestine metal shops?

Fascinating stuff.

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