....but you can make it fairly easily if you know what you are doing......
Its a fun experiment but has no use outside of that
There are quicker, easier and cheaper ways to break the law if that is what you want to do.
Setting aside printing 3-D guns, these plastics are hard enough for lots of things I guess? What about 3-D printing keys. Say if someone snaps a few pictures of a key while the key owner is using it and then prints a copy? Would a plastic key be hard enough to open a lock (home/office/car)? Like plastic gun, if you do this, you would also break laws in parts of the world especially when the original key is not yours. Are there other physical items that can be copied which were not allowed/possible?
In another stunning blow to the security and integrity of Diebold's electronic voting machines, someone has made a copy of the key which opens ALL Diebold e-voting machines from a picture on the company's own website.
OK, on the original note: I am almost indifferent, but slightly worried.Anybody that is medium skilled can make a gun. So the making of a gun, as opposed to buy one legally with the all the paperwork, is not new. WIth a good 3D printer/materials anybody that is NOT skilled can make one, too. That is the slightly worrying bit.As others have pointed out, making a bullet is a bit harder, so that stops the average 13year old to make one for his 3D gun. When that becomes easier we will see "accidental" killings.More worrying is that - as pointed out previously - that it fuels a negative policy towards 3D printing. (Something many Patent holders are too. They see what is happening to books, music and film.
13 years old is pretty old to wait to get your child a firearm. Kids usually get their first .22lr around 8 years old. Also, what are the parents doing while their child is designing, printing, and using his own firearm? You don't let children play with power tools alone, so why let them play with 3D printers.
Quote13 years old is pretty old to wait to get your child a firearm. Kids usually get their first .22lr around 8 years old. Also, what are the parents doing while their child is designing, printing, and using his own firearm? You don't let children play with power tools alone, so why let them play with 3D printers.I am missing the " :-) " in the first sentence. But then I see you have Maine as your placement so it may indeed be your genuine opinion. I think that is madness, but then that is me.I find it (being European) real strange that it is OK for people to have firearms, but you have to be oh so carefull about power tool. No, wait, it makes sense - With a firearm you only shoot other people, with power tools you could hurt yourself (your child hurts itself) Unless there was a missing " :-) " there too.
Reminder again: I find the spirit of the OP to be NOT specifically trying to do a pro/anti gun control thread, just the 3D printing of gun parts. We know what happens when they start blasting their truths against each other. These people are mostly within the Americas or more specifically within the USA. There is debate over this issue everywhere in the USA already FYI. These people turn any regular threads into gun threads Back to OP, I think if we purchase a 3-D machine, we should control what we do with the machine especially it is at home. If you have children, let them log what they do with the machine, just like any responsible machine shop supervisor, with a notebook, and often check on them. Note to yourself: you just bought a pile of liability (parts, repairs, supplies and dangerous objects). For those that really want guns, hope your region allow gun purchases. Just go and buy a quality metal gun and don't print a plastic part that could blow up in your faces. If you CAN do 3-D printing, you are a potential asset of the society and may hold an engineering job and pay the system back somewhat. Don't give it all away with one blind eye and a few missing fingers for what we give you.
it makes it really easy for anybody to make them