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Old May 11th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #41
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Old May 12th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #42
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I wish this technology existed when McGyver was on TV. I would love to have seen him waiting at the printer for a gun to finish printing...
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I find it funny that the government's concern is that criminals could be printing guns in their basement. Or that's at least their cover story for the real reason.

Right....criminals are going to spend thousands of dollars on a 3D printer for guns when they can go buy untraceable black market guns for a couple hundred bucks.
thousands is very rapidly not the case.

my network's grad class professor has 2 different "rapid prototype" machines at home.

he's used them for printing replacement jetski/snowmobile kill switch keys to extra AR15 magazines to rapidly developing the nacelle's and fin designs on his other hobby - model rocketry - oh yeah, and he designs and builds his own solid fuel engines too.

big crime or even medium sized crime organizations could very easily make a minor investment and start cranking these things out and selling 'em as untraceable $100-$200 hit-machines.
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thousands is very rapidly not the case.

my network's grad class professor has 2 different "rapid prototype" machines at home.

he's used them for printing replacement jetski/snowmobile kill switch keys to extra AR15 magazines to rapidly developing the nacelle's and fin designs on his other hobby - model rocketry - oh yeah, and he designs and builds his own solid fuel engines too.

big crime or even medium sized crime organizations could very easily make a minor investment and start cranking these things out and selling 'em as untraceable $100-$200 hit-machines.
Of they could just continue to pay crackheads to steal more functional firearms for them, which has less overhead.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #45
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Of they could just continue to pay crackheads to steal more functional firearms for them, which has less overhead.
the lack of functionality/reliability is a short term problem - and these things are simply going to get cheaper and cheaper.
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I've been shooting plastic ammo quite a bit recently, but it still has a steel rim for the ejector to grab and hold the primer. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard at all to use electronic ignition and make the ammo all plastic.
at first glance i thought it was a box of blue tampons
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