Everyone is jumping on this bandwagon now because of the implication:
I really hate the phrase “world’s first ______” which a lot of websites are using to describe this experiment. 3D printing is over a decade old, and downloading a firearm related 3D CAD file and feeding it into one of these printers has been done a million times. The only reason this is making the rounds right now is because of the Aurora, CO massacre.
“OMG you can PRINT A GUN!” is what people are saying. So much for gun control if you can just print one, right? *facepalm*Sure the lower is considered the “firearm” as far as the ATF is concerned because it is the serialized part. The AR-15 lower is such a simple receiver that people have even made them out of cutting boards. I’ll be impressed when an entire functional firearm is printed, barrel, components, and all.
Hat tip: The 20+ of you that emailed me.