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.
Correct, you may build your own firearms, Google 90 percent ar-15, or ak-47.
These are lowers that are milled and almost finished but only up to a certain percentage, before they cannot be legally sold.
If one could just print up a ar 15 lower on their printer and just do a minimal of finish work, this would be great!
I'd believe you could go more powerful than just a 22 cal. as I have seen polymer lowers for the AR-15 already in the 5.56 platform.
*****I forgot to add that you may not produce any weapon that is illegal to your state,Etc.
For instance in Kalifornia if I were to make a weapon it would have to be in line with the draconian laws here, and full auto anywhere in the US would
be illegal as they can no longer be manufactured for consumers.*****
More toward the OP,
This kind of tech could be earthshattering.
Imagine you need a tool like a wrench or socket or some plastic part for your car, you could simply print what you need and if it breaks a few years
down the road, no biggie!
This kind of tech in every home in the world could do for the little guy what only big corp has been able to do effectively.
Imagine, printing out your plates, silverware, cups, toilet parts, wall shelves, you are only limited by your imagination to what you could build.
Nearly free labor for the common man!
I hope this tech stays open source.
edit on 23-8-2012 by g146541 because: legality