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3D Printed Gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by giggitygiggity, Sep 8, 2013.

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  1. giggitygiggity

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    Hi, does anyone have or know where I can locate files to use with a 3D printer to make a 3D gun or 3D gun parts and accessories?

    Has anyone made a 3D printed gun yet? Are there any 3D printed gun designs for a Glock lower? Thanks.
     
  2. Carl N. Brown

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    The only 3D printed gun I have seen in the press has been a two shot .380 "derringer" bulkier than a .45 HiPoint.
     
  3. giggitygiggity

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    People are making AR lowers, magazines, and other firearm parts and accessories with 3D printers. I am looking for the blueprints for these items. I definitely wouldn't make an entire gun with a 3D printer, but you could certainly use it to make certain parts and pieces or to make super inexpensive guns, albeit blocky. Certainly someone knows has the blueprints or a site with links to the blueprints? Thanks.
     
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    I don't think the DefCad design is safe. Better to just break off a car antenna and use a nail and rubber band in the traditional method... and considering the price of ABS string, lots cheaper too.
     
  6. TennJed

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    Do you have a 3D printer? Are they not very expensive?
     
  7. giggitygiggity

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    I do not have a 3D printer. They range in price from $200 to $3000. Some super crazy ones are more than that, but from what I've seen you can get a good one for $800.
     
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    I think this will only be legal until they find a way to outlaw it. Too bad. :(
     
  9. Owen

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    The $800 to $1500 3d printers are really pretty poor from what I've seen, but my experience is with professional grade 3d printers. I was very interested in buying a Makerbot or similar, until I saw the actual print quality.

    The guys making the AR-15 lowers are not, to my knowledge, using the low end hobbyist printers, but are renting a machine that would ordinarily sell for $25k and up.

    I haven't seen a Glock lower design, but all you really need is a 3D model of the item, not a specific 3D printing file. For the lower end hobbyist machines you use Slicer or a similar piece of software, that then sends the instructions to the printer.
     
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    But the design needs to be adjusted to your material and capabilities of your printer accordingly.

    The DefCad guys figured that out pretty quick when the standard AR shape failed horribly.

    Then they made it beefier.
     
  11. TennJed

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    Why would you spend $800 (or $300) for a printer to make a crappy gun. You could just buy a good gun
     
  12. tyeo098

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    Because it can make more than a gun?
     
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    How good are the printed guns? Are they anywhere near the quality of a professionally manufactured gun? I still think I would rather have 1 good gun than an unlimited supply of crappy guns.
     
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    More than A gun, not more than ONE gun.

    Its a device that can create anything you can imagine from thin air essentially.

    Its sole purpose is not for printing crappy derringers.
     
  15. Owen

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    well its really thin air either, and the feedstock isn't exactly cheap, even on the hobby machines.
     
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    Anything you can imagine... as long as it's low-strength thermoplastic.

    For the price of one of the machines that laser-sinters metallic powders, you can pick up a nice Haas 5-axis CNC center.
     
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