posted on Feb, 26 2013 @ 10:03 AM
reply to post by winofiend
It's not nearly as cost prohibitive as you may think. I don't know the minimums required for the printer on a firearm part, but I priced kits as low
as $1,500 for low end 3-D printing a couple years ago. Industrial models at that time were starting at around $5,000. True...you're not getting
commerial production speed or quality without that $20,000 or more, even now....but who is talking about making an assembly line of them?
Think of it this way too. If you buy the printer capable of making the AR-15 lower, you will also never need to buy spare parts for anything ELSE
again, either. If you have the broken part, you can make another. Car parts to toy parts. It doesn't matter if it's reached material science levels
that make it possible for strength and durability. Replacing a broken part is nothing more than photographing the old one in specific ways to produce
a 3-D model to precise scale. It sounds harder than it actually is.
I'd say a consumer level printer or kit to make one more than pays for itself.....with the Ar-15 coming as a wonderful bonus.
26-2-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)