There is so much gasping going around that you can “OMG 3D print a gun”. Then people go and do shit like this:
A few rounds and it breaks? *yawn* color me un-surprised. You can check out the full fail breakdown over at Defense Distributed.
I don’t consider myself an expert on the topic of 3D printing, but I have got prototypes made using numerous materials and numerous methods over the years. 3D printing in titanium, cobalt, stainless steel, tool steel, aluminum etc.. have been available for a while, many of which are extremely strong. People have built everything from impellers to implants using the technology, so making a reliable AR-15 lower using these methods would be child’s play. Granted, it’s not affordable right now for the average person to print metal at home but you can believe that will be coming.
If guns are ever banned the United States is going to have the most badass type Khyber Pass type gun markets popping up, but instead of half blind people missing fingers making guns by hand with 100 year old tools, you’ll buy your guns from good looking dudes with great hair that kick it in suits all day chilling in high rise condos with a few 3D metal printers. They will no doubt also have female models answer the phones and greet clients. My usual whiskey sour while I wait? Sure Rebecca, thanks for asking.