Get ready. It’s now possible to print weapons at home.
An amateur gunsmith, operating under the handle of “HaveBlue” (incidentally, “Have Blue” is the codename that was used for the prototype stealth fighter that became the Lockheed F-117), announced recently in online forums that he had successfully printed a serviceable .22 caliber pistol.
Despite predictions of disaster, the pistol worked. It successfully fired 200 rounds in testing.
I knew 3D Printing would be disruptive, but damn…
wow, and just yesterday i went to SIGGRAPH, the 3D modeling and animation convention, which happens to be the niche that 3D printers fall into, and about a third of this year’s exhibit floor was devoted to 3D printers and scanners.. kinda gives you a different view of all that.
on the plus side, even the smallest of them are prohibitively expensive and building even the smallest parts takes hours, thus far.
I read through some of the comments and apparently he just made the lower receiver of the rifle.
However, if you can get to the point of making barrels and a few other parts, the black market for untraceable weapons will easily cover the cost of the printer.