3D-Printed Guns Can’t Be Stopped

3D-Printed Guns Can’t Be Stopped

According to many at the 3D Printing Conference and Expo, 3D-printed guns are inevitable despite the efforts of some 3D printer companies and politicians to try and stop it.

The expo now underway in New York revealed opposing views on the issue of printed firearms, but according to 3D gun advocate Cody Wilson, 3D-printed guns are not only already here but should be legal.

Wilson, the founder and director of Defense Distributed, scoffed at claims by other conference speakers that 3D-printed guns are still not technologically viable. “No, it’s here today,” he said from the podium.

Wilson’s group has printed several gun parts and used them to fire live rounds. Defense Distributed isn’t the only group that has done this, either.

Several 3D technology companies, however, are not as excited as Wilson about the possibility of printing firearms.

When Defense Distributed first started using 3D printers to make parts of guns, 3D printer company Stratasys pulled the group’s leased printers. Additionally, hosting service Thingiverse deleted all 3D-printed gun files from its servers after Defense Distributed made headlines for printing parts of a working firearm.

Back at the Expo, a leading 3D printing company expressed its unease with 3D-printed firearms.

During his keynote address, Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, the world’s largest maker of 3D printers, worried that the technology could “empower” the wrong people and have “unintended” consequences. He also said that “legislators have a responsibility to grasp (this), and to make sure the legal and political infrastructure keeps up.”

Wilson denied such negative talk. Wilson has announced that his 3D-printing computer files have been downloaded over 800,000 times already. But no one should worry, he said. “No one’s going to print out a thousand guns and start a revolution. I really believe that.”

Though there has been much confusion in reports on just what Defense Distributed actually printed, lawmakers have already started to turn their attention to regulating 3D printed firearms.

Regardless of what the starry-eyed 3d gun fans think, though, a fully printed gun is simply not possible at this time. The materials that a 3d printer “prints” in cannot take the pressures of a real firearm. Even the pieces printed by Wilson and others have a high failure rate.

A fully printable, serviceable gun is a long way off right now.

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  • for the last time …

    you cannot print a functional firearm on a 3D printer …

    you can print one part that all the actual real metal gun parts are attached to …

    • warnertoddhuston

      Exactly right. Which is what I said.

      • Commander_Chico

        Seems to contradict your headline “3D Printed Guns Can’t Be Stopped”

        In other words, another misleading troll from the “IG Colonel.” Nothing to see here, move along.

        Next week: “Warp Drive is Imminent.”

        • LiberalNightmare

          Your taking false comfort in the fact that portions of the gun cant be ‘printed’ yet. It wont be long before more and more pieces can be printed. In any case, the parts that cant currently be printed are only a machine shop and a talented operator away as it is.

          No matter, when your betters tell you that its time to do something ‘for the children’ you will fall into line and jump on the printer-control band wagon.

          • Commander_Chico

            So what? Machinists have been able to make guns for years.

            There are small gunsmiths all over the world.

        • Vagabond661

          Biden said gun control can’t be stopped. Pelosi said it’s inevitable. what is imminent is the constant and steady march to socialism.

        • warnertoddhuston

          I don’t think you ever pay attention to what you read, Chepo. The headline reflects what the gun printing guy was saying at the conference. Do you have ANY reading comprehension at all?

        • retired.military

          Yes Chico and people cant go faster than 35 MPH or they will explode. Which was the thought 150 years ago.
          People cant go to the moon.
          Sound familiar. He didn’t say 3D guns cant be stopped today He didn’t mention a time frame you leftist twit. Give it a few years.

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  • GarandFan

    Unfortunately, libs, who no nothing about weapons will read stuff like this and start screaming EVERYONE CAN MAKE THEIR OWN GUN!

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  • ilyushin

    I think a lot of you are going to be very unhappy in 2 weeks. Unless you think Cody Wilson is lying, he’s already produced a gun that is 100% printed (plastic), with the possible exception of the firing pin, that can shoot multiple rounds. That’s here now. It’s only going to improve. Don’t get me wrong, I truly hope mainstream statists write this off as non-sensical for a long time. That way, by the time the cat-and-mouse regulation starts, more advanced and tested models will be avialable for download.

    • jim_m

      I’ve seen this too. While a 3 d printed gun can only fire off a magazine or two currently, this will improve quickly. Sure it’s no match for the thousands of round I can put through a conditional gun, but it still works.

      The only way the government can stop this is to escalate to a level of intrusion in our lives that is totally unacceptable. If you believed that the government should be able to control what peripherals you connect to your pc, and what you print on your printer, then I suppose you won’t have any problem with your new masters. The ready of us will not go quietly.

    • warnertoddhuston

      I don’t believe him, no. I will await the proof. And I don’t call firing 2 rounds and falling apart a success.

  • You can print a barrel that’ll stand the pressures involved? I’ve been watching this tech, but I thought so far all they’ve managed are parts that aren’t having to handle the usual pressures in the chambers – like the lower receiver of an AR-15.

    Printing a barrel, though – that’s implying one hell of a good process and materials science that I don’t think is there yet.


    That was to Ilyushin – posted in wrong place…

    • We need to define what ‘success’ is, tho. I have no doubt that the materials available are good enough to withstand several rounds of something .22 ammo. Read up on thermoplastic. Someone’s actually already done that. But as for shooting 500 7.62 rounds? Not yet. But I am hoping this apathy in progressive circles continues…that way, it’ll be real before ya know it. 🙂

    • 3-D metallic deposition printers are coming in to use even now.

      I’m pretty sure I’ll live long enough to see at least the first generation of full up fabber.

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