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If all goes according to plan, the thousands of owners of those cheap 3D printers, which extrude thin threads of melted plastic into layers that add up to precisely-shaped three-dimensional objects, will be able to turn the project’s CAD designs into an operational gun capable of firing a standard .22 caliber bullet, all in the privacy of their own garage.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Imagine if your government decided it was going to oppress you.
But the people all had a machine in their homes that could create a firearm in a matter of a few hours. this drastically changes the equation when it comes to that sort of decision making process.
A populace with access to personal manufacturing, is a very powerful thing. Not only for weapons either.
This is where the technology is going. In 20 years everybody will have 3D printing, the uses of such a thing are pretty unlimited.
I may not agree with gun ownership, I'm not American and it was never something I was brought up to believe in. I do respect your rights and I do respect the power of a well armed populace in the face of a tyrannical government however.
This technology puts power in the hands of the individual and should be encouraged, even if the ways in which we move forward with these concepts aren't the ones I personally agree with.
edit on 8/23/2012 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by grey580
If I remember a post here on ATS correctly.
It's currently not illegal to manufacture your own firearms.... just illegal to sell them.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
reply to post by Maxmars
I don't know Maxmars, with today's polymers, synthetic nanomaterials(nano-metal,carbon nano-tubes carbon fiber and such, it may be more practical than one thinks.
edit on 23-8-2012 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)