Originally posted by Krakatoa
I am not that knowledgeable on the existing laws regarding manufacturing of firearms, so I look to the ATS community here to chime on on my following
- Wouldn't this already be covered under existing firearm manufacturing laws?
One of the worries is no serial number is printed on it.
- So, if you are a firearms manufacturer, are you required by law to add a serial number (and record them) on every item?
So, if these CAD plans include adding a serial number, it would now be the obligation of the person printing it to follow the existing laws to record
them, etc..., right?
(I also wonder why the serial number could not be printed internally in the ABS plastic, to void the ability to "scratch it off" as can be done on
existing metal firearms)
This is all true. I believe the guys behind the YouTube vids, and the efforts at Wiki Gun Project, did not attempt this fully until they had the
proper licensing to make their efforts legal.
(Correct me if Im wrong).
The person spearheading the project is a former law student. So he is doing things as best as he can to fit within the confines of the law.
The part that is controversial, is that he gives his plans away for free, in download format for anyone to take. Once that's done, essentially anyone
with access to a 3D printer (a good one) can now print a weapon, if they are so inclined. (Perhaps even if they don't have a license for such things
Now, mind you, not any ABS 3D printer will suffice. I have one that's used for making promotional products or advertising blanks, prototypes as you
might call them... SO, let's say we want to make a little doll for a company we do advertising for, we can print their logo or doll, toy car, whatever
it might be as a prototype or blank, then send it to a mass producer who uses that as a basis for mass production.
The reason for this is prototyping services can be in the thousands... Many and many of thousands. I must say though, my 3D printer has no chance of
printing whats in the OP. For one, it's small, it doesn't do pieces as big as the ones in the video, and 2) it would fall apart long before you
attempted to pull the trigger.
The thousand dollar desktop printers do not print with any kind of tensile strength. Most of the stuff I print because it doesn't get hot enough when
printing, is barely holding together. It is great for what I use it for, but a number of my prints break apart with any small or barely noticeable
force being applied to it.
I believe DD is using a $15-20k machine to do their printing. And while not everyone is going to have access to such a printer, some companies (a lot
of them) let people rent time on them.
Also, as I said the desktop models do not print objects with enough tensile strength, to print something like this. AND THINK ABOUT THIS PLEASE -
because not only are pieces printed from these machines weak, they also are printed with ridges and deformities. Trying to print a firearm from these
can be dangerous, and most definitely put the operator as risk for injury. So if you are thinking about going out and buying the cheapest 3d Printer
for yourself cause you wanna be Samuel Colt, don't do it. The cheap models out there will not be able to print a working firearm, and it's a good way
to injure yourself pretty bad. Instead of cursing your missing eye while you are in a detention centre... Just don't do it. Give your head a shake. If
you are that interested in these things take a gunsmithing course. And file for the necessary licenses.
This story is interesting to say the least.
I find the guy has a pretty cool personality.
He see this whole project as a fight for the 2nd amendment.
What is going to happen in the long run is the question I ask?
Is it going to make things worse or better for people? Maybe it's good his actions bring up this necessary dialogue as soon as possible...
Maybe this is going to completely screw it up for everyone.
Time will tell I suppose.
edit on 6-5-2013 by boncho because: (no reason given)