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[HuffPostTech]3D-Printed Bullets Apparently Fired From Shotgun Would Be World's First

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It was surely inevitable but the speed at which someone has posted a video online appearing to show the world's first 3D printed bullet is still alarming.

There are a couple of caveats. The projectile needs lead shot to be added to give it weight and it still requires a standard shotgun charge and shell case to fire.

Despite this, the damage caused to the target in the video is clear.

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This is one of two stories the source has produced on the same topic. I won't link the other here due to forum guidelines. But I encourage you to read the article anyway. There is an incredibly ironic grammatical error a little further down.
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I was wondering when this would popup here. I seen this a day or two ago.

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Not sure how this matters since you literally need a live shotgun round to make this useful any ways. Someone crafty would just create it from hand using other materials that would be just as effective. Isn't difficult to melt some metal down into a slug and pop it into a shotgun shell and then fire it. When they make a 3d printed gun with 3d printed bullets that fires on its own we can start worrying. Until then, nobody should really care, ammunition isn't very heavily regulated in the states and you would already have a shotgun.
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Thats pretty freaking awesome

makes me want to buy one

http://www.staples.com/Cube-3D-Printer-White/product_201877
Edited by Stay Puft - 5/24/13 at 3:19am
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Not sure how this matters since you literally need a live shotgun round to make this useful any ways. Someone crafty would just create it from hand using other materials that would be just as effective. Isn't difficult to melt some metal down into a slug and pop it into a shotgun shell and then fire it. When they make a 3d printed gun with 3d printed bullets that fires on its own we can start worrying. Until then, nobody should really care, ammunition isn't very heavily regulated in the states and you would already have a shotgun.

Oh I'll freely admit I posted this purely out of skepticism and facetiousness. There is nothing credible about claiming 3D (printed) bullets are a serious threat. All this hype is getting easier and easier to see through.
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Oh I'll freely admit I posted this purely out of skepticism and facetiousness. There is nothing credible about claiming 3D bullets are a serious threat. All this hype is getting easier and easier to see through.

No doubt it's fine to post, not criticizing you. Just amazed at how people are getting so uptight over the whole 3D printing weapons thing. A 3D printed knife, spear, dart, etc. would be much for feasible. Would also be easily made and able to take aboard airlines. It can also be made by hand with just some plastic. Yet people want to go nuts over 3D printed guns that still require live ammunition or an actual firearm to utilize. Makes no sense.
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I will readily contend to the end of this thread that the fear is "manufactured."
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I will readily contend to the end of this thread that the fear is "manufactured."

yeah, its cheaper to just load a stack of dimes in a 12ga shell than to buy a 3d printer and then make "shot" that is equiv to airsoft rounds.
not to mention, the dimes will do way more damage than plastic BBs.
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Slug not bullet.
    
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The damage is from the lead they shoved in the middle the 3d printed "bullet" does little more than act as a wadding around it to keep pressure (a very expensive and pointless wadding). You could cause that much damage shoving chewed up cigarette papers down the barrel of a blank firing pistol then jamming a piece of lead fishing shot on top.

I agree its all manufactured fear (and the tabloids wet dream).
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