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GOAL: Develop a fully printable 3D gun

Our initial Wiki Weapon (A) design has no moving parts and relies on a separate, inserted solenoid. We have completely engineered the individual parts for the gun, but what we need to accomplish next requires a bit of trial and error. At $5 per cubic inch we are at the point where we need outside funds to produce and complete this proof gun. Our end result from the lessons we learn in proofing will be the development of Wiki Weapon B, a fully-printable 3D gun comprised of near 100% 3D printable parts.


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It's interesting, they're doing 3D printing of firearms. They will be distributing the CAD files which will open the doors for others to take the design, modify it and see if that improves things. There's a few points I'd like to bring up, one is that with firearms if you're not specifically trained firearm manufacturer or a gunsmith this can be incredibly dangerous. But think about it, If you look at the Open Source Soda, anyone can take that recipe, add/remove things to it and experiment to make something that they like. Imagine taking their design and adding rails if it doesnt have it, or adding an embedded flashlight, perhaps you have an idea for fixing a FTE or FTF problem they're having. Whatever it is, it's open to the public.

The other thing I'd like to point out is that I love being a gun owner, but I don't think we live in a world where gun laws should be completely removed and I think that's something he is hinting at. He does get preachy but all in all I'm pretty excited to see where this goes.
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Now all we need are 3d printers that aren't just novelties and toys, without having them cost a fortune.
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I don't think this is news.
    
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I'm excited to see this, but I'm also not sure it's news worthy. Neat find, though.
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This video is kinda meh. Do we really want these yahoo's or those like them being able to make guns without licenses and whatnot? The dude sounds like some paranoid gun nut who's afraid the govt will come knocking to take away all his guns if they know he has it.

As for the 3d printers themselves... until 3d printers can print with metal and glass they're relegated to gimmicks and mockups. I don't know why so many people seem so amazed by 3d printers as they stand now. Look around your room and try to find stuff that would be craftable by current 3d printers.

In my room... my desk, some bookshelves, a cd stand... some other furniture odds n ends. Other then those items, most of which are too big for a 3d printer to make out of plastic (instead of wood like they are now) there is nothing in my room which isn't some composite of plastic plus glass and/or metal and fabric.

Small items on my desk. Can a 3d printer make my pencil (or pen)? No. Can it make my mp3 player? no. can it make my phone? no. can it make an eraser? no. can it make speakers? no. can it make external harddrives? no. can it make a pocket book? no. can it make a CD case? ... maby. can it make a coaster? yes and no (can do a coaster, but they can't print the picture on the ones I have now, nor put cork on the bottom). can it make a roll of fabric tape? no. can it make an old watch? no. can it make a squirt gun? perhaps. can it make a flash drive? no. can it make an xbox remotecontrol? no. can it make a flashlight? no. can it make a monitor? no. can it make a tape-measure? no. can it make a pocket knife? no. can it make nail clippers? no. can it make a calculator? no.

Ooo! the backscratcher made out of bamboo on my desk right now could probably be made in a 3d printer out of plastic and fulfill the same function without issue. ... one item on my desk.

There are simply too few items that can be made out of just the extremely limited materials available to 3d printers. And for items they could make... they have to compete with superior materials in traditional manufacturing. My desk is made out of wood for a reason. If they could make it out of plastic with the same weight and strength they would do so. The plate on my desk with crumbs on it right now is made from ceramic and plastics couldn't come close to matching it's durability. Even items made out of plastic are often made out of multiple types that 3d printers couldn't match. A DVD case has the inner part that might be printable, but what about the clear plastic cover that the paper slip goes under? Could a 3d printer even make something as basic as a DVD case?
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I like the technology, but this guy sounds like the gun club version of anonymous O_o

He tried really hard to mask his true goal for 3/4 of the vid, but seemingly cracked in the end.

I'd honestly rather not have raccoon eye'd, seemingly paranoia crazed people having free access to a gun at any time, but that's just me.
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Well heres one good thing that has been 3D-printed. http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/08/3d-printed-magic-arms-give-a-little-girl-use-of-her-limbs/
But yea, you can't make a complete working gun with a 3D printer as of now. You can make a part or two, but not the entire thing.
    
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I need to print myself one of these

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This sound like a really really bad idea. Not that I think it maters much as doubt they can make it work in the first place. What I do find interesting is the potential of 3D printers in general. I mean how cool would it be if there where shops in every city that did 3D printing or a nominal fee so you could download the cad file for say your broken refrigerator handle and have it printed. 3D printing is still in its infency but it has a lot going for it.
    
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I have seen many Cosplayers that dress as Halo, 3D Print Halo guns and they turn out exact its really cool ^_^
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