rapid prototype

Everyone is jumping on this bandwagon now because of the implication:

Check out Gunsmithing with a 3D printer Part1 and Part2 for the details.

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.  

Thoughts?

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