Thursday, April 25, 2013

Complete 3D-Printed Handgun Just Weeks Away, Says Cody Wilson

Complete 3D-Printed Handgun Just Weeks Away, Says Cody Wilson:
Reason 24/7If you think 3D printers have
given would-be gun controllers the vapors already, just wait until
you hear the latest from Cody Wilson, the head honcho of Defense
Distributed. He told reporters at the Inside 3D Printing Conference
in New York City that the group's latest project — a gun made
entirely with 3D-printed parts (except for a metal firing pin) — is
just weeks away from success. If Wilson and company can deliver on
the promise, it would be an important step beyond their already
impressive accomplishments in producing functioning AR-15 lower
receivers and "high-capacity" magazines for AR-15s and AK-style
rifles. It would also be an unmistakable message to government
officials that gun control laws are becoming ever-more
unenforceable.
From Mashable:
For Cody Wilson, the world's most notorious 3D printing
gunsmith, it all started with a simple question: "Can you use a 3D
printer to print a gun?" The answer to that question might come
sooner than anybody expected, as Wilson says he will 3D-print an
entire handgun in just a couple of weeks.
If Wilson does print an entire handgun, he will reach a
milestone that many thought couldn't be reached so soon. And he
will also throw a monkey wrench into not only the broader gun
control debate, but also into recent legislative efforts to limit
the use of 3D printers to make weapons.
Yesterday, the controversial founder and director of Defense
Distributed, a non-profit that he launched to explore the
possibility of manufacturing weapons with 3D printers, was in
Manhattan to talk at the Inside 3D Printing Conference. After a
panel on how copyright affects the 3D printing industry, he
confirmed to Mashable what he had already hinted at
before: that what was once unthinkable — a gun entirely made of
3D-printed parts — is actually right around the corner.
Will it work? Wilson thinks it will, and it won't be just a
one-shot wonder it will be able to fire a few shots before melting
or breaking.
Some critics of Defense Distributed's efforts have pointed to
the limitations of the materials used by all but the highest-end 3D
printers as imposing barriers to creating a full firearm, at least
at the current state of technology. But CNet
separately reports
Wilson's claim that "he and others
successfully fired 11 rounds through a 3D-printed gun barrel not
long ago." The trick seems to be that Defense Distributed is
creating an all-new design around the material (ABS plastic) rather
than trying to print parts for an existing firearm design.
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