Originally Posted by phill1978
why? .... TAX, and more TAX. Massive lobbying from gun manufacturers who don't want to lose sales either until they patent and release their own models.
I predict a fully DRM'd and controlled 3D printing market place with licensing and templates only available from official retailers..
Gun manufacturers don't care at all. They are building a product for a different market all together. This is like saying dell is threatenned by raspberry pi computers.
Originally Posted by Darkpriest667
Before you go discrediting me with arguments I've heard I'll take the main one right now. (Who will design these things) the same people that design them now. Who don't have to work for monolithic corporations that aren't appreciative other than a penance monetarily. People like to be thanked more than they like to be paid. They only like to be paid because we live in a token based economy. You take away the tokens and people would be much happier with the genuine gratitude.
Experts used to say Wikipedia would fall on its face cause there was no incentive for individuals to contribute. That turned out to be so far from the truth.
Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
And gun companies don't care about this. They do not give a flying copulation. Plastic guns will never be able to compete with actual firearms in a meaningful way, at least not in the next 50 years.
I agree completely.
Originally Posted by Masked
Polymer rounds exist in the capacity of being 100% plastic, with the exception of the primer/powder.
In fact, police use them now to practice, considering the ammo shortage.
The public cannot buy, the 100% polymer, I do believe it only comes with a lead bullet but, they DO exist and if you know where to look you CAN get them.
Secondly, accuracy doesn't matter when you can walk up to the individual after going through a metal detector, unchallenged...When you're wanded, unchallenged...Then you produce the item and...bam, out comes the 9mm/45acp polymer round...If you placed your shot properly, you now have one dead target.
Earlier this year, a reporter took the plastic "revolver" with the polymer round, through the most secure airport in the entire world, took a cab to his hotel and fired the round...
Alright, most people are concerned with their exit strategy. You fire a gun, it makes a lot of very distinct noise and attracts attention. I'd be more concerned with printed knives than guns. It would be so much easier and reusable on as many people as you wanted.
Originally Posted by Blameless
3D printers aren't going to be limited to plastics forever, or even very long. I have no doubt that we will eventually see nearly "universal constructor" type 3d printers.
Airport security is a farce. Always has been, always will be. It's just a show; an excuse to waste tax payer dollars to line the pockets of special interests and give some fools a false sense of security in the process.
My wife has been on more than a half a dozen international flights with a ceramic and polycarbonate knife in her purse (she keeps forgetting it) that is vastly more threatening than any weapon the 9/11 hijackers had.
3D printed firearms are the equivalent of Rube Goldberg machines when it comes to murder. Yeah, you could probably get one through security, and you could probably kill someone with it, but there are 10 million better and easier ways to do exactly the same thing.
3D printing with metals, if that what you are implying, is a fundamentally flawed idea. Even if you get the metal to a printable consistency where it wouldn't just run like water and could maintain shape until it froze, you still have very poor dendritic structure resulting in metal unsuitable for anything other than decoration.
If you are suggesting that we will be able to print plastics with better mechanical properties in the future, yes we will. These plastics will still require a low melting point to be workable in a home use printer and will not perform reliably in a gun for that reason.
Rube Goldberg machine is a very apt comparison
I agree with that completely.
I'm in general amazed that there is so much fuss about 3D printers. They are largely a novelty item with serious limitations and will continue to be for a very long time. It's the same reason why everyone doesn't have a hobby sized CNC mill in their basement.