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Making firearm magazines from 3D printers. This is pretty cool. And shows the stupidity of banning things that can be built on the fly with a $1,200 piece of equipment. Post needs pics.

Update: Ok, pics.

7 Responses to “Technology”

  1. wizardpc Says:

    Ya know, I bet you could build lowers with that, too.

  2. Justthisguy Says:

    Dang! wizardpc beat me to it!

  3. junyo Says:

    I made a comment on Gizmodo a couple of years ago that 3D printing would one day render gun control obsolete and oh did the hippies wail. But when you stop thinking of guns as a magic evil death stick and start thinking of them as relatively simply machines, the conclusion is obvious.

  4. Standard Mischief Says:

    >Ya know, I bet you could build lowers with that, too.

    The best plastic we can extrude nowadays is ABS. PLA is another earth-friendlier choice but it’s far to brittle for uses like that.

    It would be great to make stuff out of Zytel, which is nylon with chopped up bits of fiberglass, but the temperatures needed are about twice as high as anyone is doing at the moment.

    >I made a comment on Gizmodo a couple of years ago that 3D printing would one day render gun control obsolete and oh did the hippies wail.

    I always see people inventing new stoves for people in refugee camp, or some crap like that. While the people in camps do need to eat, the real reason they’re in the damn refugee camps in the first place is because they can’t defend themselves.

    If I had a magic 3D machine that could make itself, or make practical metal objects, I’d airdrop that, along with plans for building something like an AK. However, we’re a long way from that point.

    Right now you can do additive work in soft plastic. You can also do additive work in wax, but not many people are doing that. Maybe someone could do some lost wax metal casting.

    The CNC routers out there can mill aluminum, plastic, wood, and maybe make light cuts in steel. If you are looking for the Santa Claus machine for making guns, this is a better approach.

  5. Diomed Says:

    “It would be great to make stuff out of Zytel”

    But Zytel magazines suck. Brittle and crack-prone. I don’t even bother to use the ones I have anymore, even if they are light and easy to load. I can only imagine the horror of a receiver made out of it, even something as low-stress as an AR lower.

  6. nexyjo Says:

    “printing magazines” takes on an entirely new meaning 😛

  7. ATLien Says:

    they have 3d printers that make things out of titanium.

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