FDM

Oh yea this is what I’m talking about:

The design looks like someone ran an AR-15 over with a steamroller, but I’m intrigued by the charge-block caseless ammunition.  That’s pretty cool, but I’m sure there are obviously both pros and cons.

There’s a really good article over at the Gazette outlining this product’s origin and details.  Check it out if you’re interested.

The manufacturer Forward Defense Munitions has a website, but it’s kind of grim and doesn’t have all that much info on it.

Pricing is TBD.   According to the contact page on their website they are taking email addresses down for a “waiting list” where you can purchase of the initial 1000 rifles made.  They go as far as to call them collectors editions 😭😂.  I’m gonna slap a big ole “cool story bro” on that.  Imagine being so confident in your new company and product you call the initial run collectors items.  That’s kind of embarrassing if you ask me, but whatever.  At least they aren’t doing a KicKstArTeR.  Thoughts?

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They have another few printers that print money:

Defense-Distributed-AR15-Lower

Full writeup and more pics over at DefDist.

My suspicions were correct when I criticized the function test of this printed AR-15 lower:

The new AR lower was SLA and FDM printed. The FDM printer was a used Dimension SST, and the material was p400 ABS.

A quick look at the Dimension SST page and….. Cost: $32,900 *facepalm*  I’m sure theirs was like $1000 max on the used market though right? haha

They go on to say this at the end – “the big takeaway is that you can do what we did on a printer like the Ultimaker or RepRap. The pieces can be made cheaply”  haha yea… OH it will print.  Do that and tell me how many rounds you get out of it.

Like I said numerous times… people can keep shitting bricks over this, but I’ll only be impressed when thousands of youtube videos pop up from people with RepRaps and Makerbots who are pumping out their own mags and lowers.  I know it will happen, and I wish this project would lean more in that direction.

Thoughts?

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