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Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TSAX, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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  2. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Now, since you're a few months out on this news, wait until you see the month-old video of the printed lower failing after 5 or 6 rounds. I forget how long it lasted.

    Welcome to the show!
     

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    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    .22's I think.....
     
  4. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    Here's the dreaded gun being fired:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuDCW_Rn5JI&feature=plcp"]Thingiverse Reinforced AR Lower Test - YouTube[/ame]
     
  5. Dan_ntx

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    How many real guns can you buy for the cost of a 3-D printer?
     
  6. lunarspeak

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    then fore see laws to curb people from downloading the info
    basicly makeing it as bad as downloading kiddie porn.
     
  7. sheriff733

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    When they get banned, none.

    :supergrin:
     
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    sheriff733 NRA LIFE MEMBER

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    Then pirate bay offers S&W M&P-15. Nice.
     
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    Geko45 Smartass Pilot CLM

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    They shouldn't try to print a design intended to be made with a different material. They need a design that addresses the properties of the 3D print medium. It's compaction, shear and tensile strengths, it's reaction to temperature variations, etc.
     
  10. VinnieD

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    They need to either switch to stronger plastics (Some printers can use nylon such as that used in a Glock frame), or abandon the AR design and come up with a new design that better suits the materials. Perhaps a handgun, however with AR uppers being readily available I can see why they might lean toward that platform.
     
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    Ranks right up there with the famed Glock 7.

    :yawn:

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  12. DanaT

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    Look at Grab CAD. People share the CAD files. Its not pirating something that is shared.
     
  13. AZ Jeff

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    This technology is more properly called "stereo lithography" (SLA) and has been used to prototype complex plastic components for 15+ years. It's not new.

    The resins uses for SLA's are not particularly well suited for high stress applications, as other posters have noted.

    It's an interesting concept, but until resins exist that can duplicate the performance of the equivalent injection molded resin, or cast/forged metal part, it's mostly an experiment in novelty.