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Someone raised a good point earlier in the thread. Why are all these 3d printer made gun stories popping up? Who cares. Anyone anywhere can make any sort of improvised weapon out of almost anything. That's what we do. We're humans.

I'd be much more impressed by a story about someone printing their own lego. These stories seem to be more about using the hysteria surrounding guns as a tool to give 3d printers a bad rep.
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On the topic of the technology and science behind this, which ironically hasn't been brought up yet, we have once again learned that cheap plastic is not as strong as the same thickness of steel...

So, instead of making a 1:1 copy of steel parts with your 3D printers, it may be a good idea to increase the thickness of the material around stress points, so they don't fail catastrophically.
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Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek View Post

Make an entire AK-47 (almost) out of a shovel!
http://www.northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/threads/179192-DIY-Shovel-AK-photo-tsunami-warning!

That thread was glorious. Thank you good sir.
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I'm actually impressed.
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People arguing that it's harder to get a 3d printer than it is to get firearms have no idea...

YOU or anyone for that matter, can easily build your own 3D printer for very low costs.

Take RepRap for instance, there's a guide to building a 3D printer: http://reprapbook.appspot.com/

http://www.webpronews.com/build-your-own-3d-printer-for-under-800-2012-09
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Originally Posted by Homeles View Post

Everybody is circlejerking over the fact that it isn't viable today. But do you all really think that this is all 3D printing will ever amount to? I doubt you do, so what's your guys' point?

Don't quote me when you say that. I never said that it wouldn't EVENTUALLY be viable to make parts. I'm not against making gun parts either.

I'm just setting all the paranoid people who think that making gun parts ... or anything for that matter ... that can be used as a weapon (or growing their own pot or selling their body for sex) is somehow a "new thing" and that any technology that makes it possible is suddenly going to cause an explosion of people to make/do these things.

As I and others who know which end of a gun is which have already said ... making parts in your garage is nothing new. There are already laws on the books ... dating as far back as the 1800's ... that regulate such actions. To think that suddenly everyone will be running around with AK-47 just because of this "new technology" is laughable at best.

You can make a much more reliable and deadly weapon with a drill press and lathe than a 3D printer.

3D printing is awesome. It has it's applications. It will most likely only get better and more advanced as the years go on. As it is, 3D Printers have come a long way in the 30 years that they have been in existence, I'm sure they will only get more advanced.
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Originally Posted by Buzzin92 View Post

People arguing that it's harder to get a 3d printer than it is to get firearms have no idea...
YOU or anyone for that matter, can easily build your own 3D printer for very low costs.
Take RepRap for instance, there's a guide to building a 3D printer: http://reprapbook.appspot.com/
http://www.webpronews.com/build-your-own-3d-printer-for-under-800-2012-09

Even the RepRap is more expensive than whole categories of firearms, at least in places that already have firearms, like Earth.

On other planets, it would be a toss up between making an automatic firearm from scratch and building a RepRap.
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Even the RepRap is more expensive than whole categories of firearms, at least in places that already have firearms, like Earth.
On other planets, it would be a toss up between making an automatic firearm from scratch and building a RepRap.

That may be true, but that doesn't stop people from building a printer and then distributing knock-off firearms to low lifers though.
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That may be true, but that doesn't stop people from building a printer and then distributing knock-off firearms to low lifers though.

Actually, I think you could probably buy a manufactured printer for less then the cost of the stuff to build one...there are some for around $500 or so these days. I don't think their quality is that great though...but likely higher quality then most people could build in their garages.

However, I think you are missing the main point. They don't need a 3D printer. Some one can go and buy machining tools and start illegally making guns by the thousands if they wanted too as well. They don't because it is so much easier to just steal or buy them. The same will hold true for 3D printers. They won't use them when they can get them cheaper and easier...not to mention they would be professionally made and advertised in magazines so low lifes will pay more for them.
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That may be true, but that doesn't stop people from building a printer and then distributing knock-off firearms to low lifers though.

You act as if anything other than the possibility of long prison terms stops anyone with a CNC Bridgeport from doing the same thing.
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