Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gun made on a 3D printer successfully fired (video)

A gun made on a 3D printer has been fired – let's look at this in perspective | Alex Hern | Comment is free |

May 6, 2013 - "The world's first gun made almost entirely with a 3D printer has been successfully fired in the US. But it's not going to herald an age of widespread weapon ownership, and it's certainly not proof that 3D printing technology needs to be controlled for our safety.

"The gun – called the 'Liberator' and produced by Defense Distributed, a group that describes itself as aiming to 'defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms" through "information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms' – is the second to have made the headlines in the past year.... All of the necessary parts can be printed from a 3D printer except for the metal firing pin, which is made from a single nail. (In order to comply with US laws, the gun as produced also has a 175g chunk of steel inside it, so that it doesn't ev evade metal detectors). It is a fullblown gun, and recognisably so."

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