3D-print your own real gun at home (video)

The Washington Post has an interesting video and story up about how it is now possible to print a useable gun on a 3D printer.

The technology is still in its infancy – as one of the videos below shows, the guns don’t always work long – but they’re getting there. And they permit people to skirt anti-gun laws in the privacy of their own home. The Post video explains how, so long as you can 3D replicate one single part of an AR-15, the rest of the parts you can buy online and make your own assault rifle at home.

First, an excerpt from the Post story, then the Post video, and a few more interesting videos I found about 3D printing a real gun.

Washington Post:

Feinstein’s proposed legislation, which would also ban AR-15s, restricts manufacturing of such items by anyone in the country, said a spokesman for the senator.

But 3D-printing experts say that logic is dated and misses the point of the technology. Making guns for personal use has been legal for decades, but doing so has required machining know-how and a variety of parts. With 3-D printers, users download blueprints from the Internet, feed them into the machine, wait several hours and voila.

3d-printed-gun

In the Washington Post video, this guy 3D-printed the blue part of the gun, which is the most important part, the part that is regulated. The other parts he said he can get from mail order delivered to his home.

“Restrictions are difficult to enforce in a world where anybody can make anything,” said Hod Lipson, a 3-D printing expert at Cornell University and co-author of the new book, “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.” “Talking about old-fashioned control will be very ineffective.”

It is unclear how many people are trying to print their own gun parts and magazines. But Cody Wilson, a University of Texas law student who is leading the ideological and technical campaign for 3-D printed guns through an organization called Defense Distributed, said blueprints have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times from his group’s Web site.

And the baseline printer isn’t that expensive – only $1,300 for a machine that prints with plastic.

First, I’m going to post this video from YouTube that does a great job explaining 3D printing – they show to 3D replicate a crescent wrench:

Here’s the Washington Post video:

In this video, the 3D-printed AR-15 assault rifle shot six times before breaking:

While I’m not a great fan of Russia Today (now called RT), as they tend to be Russia’s version of Fox News (the station seems to exist to bash the United States), this is a good broadcast they did about the 3D guns.


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  • Elene
  • Freedo

    RT doesn’t bash the US… or anyone for that matter. They tend to not even offer opinions. They provide information (news). No need to defame or discount simply because they don’t keep ‘hush hush’, like the continental media is paid off to do…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.s.wyatt Jerry St John Wyatt

    Check out Roboplastics on Youtube. I designed a 2-shot .25 caliber derringer type handgun prototype as a proof of concept, and it came out pretty good. There are so many things that I no longer need to purchase simply because I can make them. Everything from dog food covers, to cookie cutters, to car parts, to the prototyping of new creations and contraptions. 3d Printing has changed the world.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    How large one would I need for a blow-up wife?

  • hollywoodstein

    This is why a magazine ban will never work aside from all the examples already in circulation and the reluctance of many police not to enforce.

  • theguy

    For your information, per provisions of the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, an unlicensed individual may make a “firearm” as defined in the GCA for his own personal use, but not for sale or distribution.

    The GCA, 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(3), defines the term “firearm” to include the following:

    (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to
    or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an
    explosive: (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm
    muffler or silencer; or (D) any destructive device. Such term does not
    include an antique firearm.

  • theguy

    you have no idea what you’re talking about. it is perfectly legal to manufacture your own firearm for your own use. look it up before spouting idiocy. what you cant do is manufacture a weapon and then sell it without a manufacturing FFL. what this video makes perfectly clear is that this is not a viable option for creating your own lower receiver. no one wants a lower that will break after 6 rounds. it may look like a simple break but that’s not fixable…

  • citizen_spot

    The gun lobby will get 3-D printers uber regulated, and when they do the 2nd amendment “patriots” will realize that the gun industry wants to regulate their 2nd amendment rights (purely for profit of course). Heads will explode. ; )

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg Moderator4

    And he is now banned here, as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701824657 John Scarbrough

    If only they could print a new brain…

  • http://twitter.com/ptelder Kenneth Brown

    $1300 is retail price for a fully assembled device. You can assemble the things at home for under $600 with a couple of days of research on where to buy the parts and a couple of weeks of learning how to solder via YouTube. If you know how and where to scrounge (motors from old printers, wood for the frame, etc) you can get the price down under $300.

  • http://twitter.com/ptelder Kenneth Brown

    Or print lab equipment… A lot of the people working on 3-d printers right now are trying to get them capable of printing themselves. That includes printing electronics and eventually metal objects.

  • TuxedoCartman

    “We shouldn’t bother with gun control, because people can 3D print guns at home.” I think this argument against gun control, more so than any of the others, bugs the hell out of me. If guns are being highly regulated or controlled, then it would make sense that by extension ammunition would also be a controlled item. Gunpowder doesn’t have many secondary uses in society, so it would be controlled as well, eliminating the ability to reload casings. So unless you’ve got a safe, reliable chem lab in your basement to go along with your shiny 3D printer, printing out assault-rifle lower receivers isn’t going to do anybody any good. You’d honestly be better off using that plastic to make shivs.

  • Drew2u

    How sad is it that someone can be born into such hatred and toxicity.

  • Sphy

    “Roderick” is the current record holder for being the most banned commenter on CNN. How many accounts do you go through dude?

  • http://twitter.com/R__O__D Roderick Bateman

    In the 60′s anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigrants. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face consequences for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are counting down the days until ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It’s Genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white.

  • Drew2u

    You should be worried about your grammar, though. You capitalized the beginning of your sentence, but you still get an incomplete for the day.
    The 3D printers bring up a whole host of copyright-infringement issues, now. I seriously doubt gun manufacturers want this competition siphoning their profits.

  • Drew2u

    Right. Teatards who want to print their own guns in spite of licensing get a visit from the police, then defend themselves with their printed gun because too much government (upholding patents and license by corporations who don’t like competition).

  • Drew2u

    Well, if there ever needed to be a rational excuse for passing SOPA…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426939279 Carl Kerstann

    The article falsely states that you can legally manufacture a gun at home. It is quite illegal unless you get a manufacturers license from BATF. Once again this points out that criminals don’t care what the law says.

  • guest1

    Criminals already have guns so I aint worried

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