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In the USA, a pistol made with an 3D printer was tested

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A group of Defense Distributed activists announced the creation of the first working pistol using an 3D printer.


May 4 sample of the first gun, printed on the 3D-printer, was tested at the shooting range in Texas. Gunshot weapon was made of plastic on the device Dimension SST worth $ 8000. In a video demonstration, a printed gun made a single shot. Apparently, after that the weapon broke.

The weapon was developed by Defense Distributed, its founder, 25-year-old Cody Wilson (Cody Wilson), has already announced that in the coming days will publish on the Internet working drawings of the pistol, through which anyone can print it.

The pistol, called The Liberator (“Liberator”), consists of 16 parts. It is noted that the only metal element of the gun, which will have to get separately - is a metal firing pin of the trigger mechanism. As the Forbes magazine emphasizes, the creators of the pistol did this so that the weapon could not be imperceptibly carried through a metal scanner at the airport. However, theoretically, this part can be made removable or replaced with a plastic analog. And since the disassembled plastic parts of The Liberator are very difficult to identify, attackers can use these weapons.

The creators of The Liberator showed only the appearance of the gun and a single shot. On the characteristics of the weapon is not reported.

Criticism of the project Defense Distributed made groups calling for the restriction of sales of firearms. Previously, Defense Distributed had already presented a receiver-box of an automatic rifle AR-3 printed on an 15D printer, which was able to withstand several hundred shots. Member of the US Congress Democrat Steve Israel (Steve Israel) issued a statement in which he called for the introduction of corrections in the law as soon as possible, which would prohibit plastic self-made firearms. However, how exactly this ban can be achieved, the congressman did not specify.

It is noted that the emergence of models of firearms that anyone can print on 3D-printer, threatens the uncontrolled spread of lethal weapons. The simplest 3D printers can already be purchased for $ 500 and in the near future even simpler models can be on sale, which, among other things, will learn to print objects from ceramic metal blanks.

American experts suggest different measures to combat the uncontrolled proliferation of weapons. In particular, there are opinions that it is more expedient to ban not the manufacture of plastic weapons, but the components for cartridges: in particular, gunpowder.
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  1. Refund_SSSR
    Refund_SSSR 7 May 2013 10: 10 New
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    In particular, there are opinions that it is more expedient to prohibit not the manufacture of plastic weapons, but components for cartridges: in particular, gunpowder.
    It is difficult to imagine a more delusional lock :) Especially in a country where weapons are in relatively easy access ... the United States in a word ...
    1. Professor
      Professor 7 May 2013 11: 46 New
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      It’s hard to imagine a more delusional locked :)

      You shouldn't be ironic. American craftsmen 3D printed the M-16 rifle. The only "purchased" part was the return spring. This toy rifle fired 2 shots before falling apart. Two people from it could actually be killed. In this regard, the FBI withdraws 3D models of weapons from the network.

      PS
      Here's an example
      1. Refund_SSSR
        Refund_SSSR 7 May 2013 15: 08 New
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        Professor, you are an adult and gracefully understand that those who want to shoot people will take real weapons from the right materials, and not those that explode in their hands after one or two shots. What are you speaking about?!
        Or are few children and adults around the world shooting? both in the states themselves, and in Europe and in Russia? And on airliners, etc. So where do you think you can apply this miracle and why you can not use another artisanal crossbow?
        But in my humble opinion, any more or less competent PTUshnik will carve out a crossbow to you and no worse than this UG.
        In my dashing childhood of the 90s, we ourselves made pistols that shot crackers. The difference with the combat was actually only in the barrel and the striker, replace only two parts with more suitable ones for you and the crossbow assembled by a 9-year-old kid.
        Of course, I understand that one Soviet child is worth five adult Americans in terms of ingenuity and preparation for life, but those who knew this hysteria with 3 printers are nothing more than hysteria and everything falls under the same legal field as other handicraft weapons.
        Point
        1. Professor
          Professor 7 May 2013 15: 14 New
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          those who want to shoot people will take real weapons from the right materials,

          Just like that they gave him this weapon. And here I bought a printer, downloaded a model, printed it and shot the offender.

          So where do you think you can apply this miracle and why you can not use another artisanal crossbow?

          For the manufacture of artisanal crossbow necessary skills are needed, but here any kid can print a disposable barrel for himself.
          1. Refund_SSSR
            Refund_SSSR 7 May 2013 15: 26 New
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            Quote: Professor
            Just so they gave him this weapon

            They take it and shoot it .. Or in your bunker they don’t know about firing in schools and on the streets?
            Quote: Professor
            For the manufacture of artisanal crossbow necessary skills

            Skills minimum. For obvious reasons, I will not tell you how to make a serious gunshot, but even from an old mousetrap, a piece of pipe and a nail with a cartridge, the crossbow is made quite well. And I must say that the Vietnamese did just that when they were extinguishing your striped friends at home (I’m not talking about accuracy and range, of course).
            Knowing how is one thing, making and applying is another thing.
            And I repeat again, in the modern world it is not so difficult to get real combat or smooth-bore weapons, so why bother?
            1. Professor
              Professor 7 May 2013 15: 31 New
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              Quote: We refund_SSSR
              so why bother?

              That's it, why bother. Here, any nerd shakes the gun model in the same way as he shakes music, presses the print button and you're done. And it does not ring in the frame of a metal detector at the airport. And you tell me about mousetraps ...
              Now there are printers that print in metal, this is already serious. So you can get a reusable "barrel". hi
              1. Refund_SSSR
                Refund_SSSR 7 May 2013 15: 37 New
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                It’s better that Breivik had a printed rifle that would fire just one or two shots than the one from which he crushed so many people .. Think about it .. hi
                1. Professor
                  Professor 7 May 2013 15: 41 New
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                  What is there to think? Not all firearms are so affordable. Try to get a gun in the same New York or in Singapore.
                  1. Refund_SSSR
                    Refund_SSSR 8 May 2013 02: 28 New
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                    Prof, don’t stupid for God's sake, where do the children from New York get their pistols and automatic weapons from?
                    About the fact that each child will be able to click on the button and print: Do you have a 3D printer? No? and who has it? How many of them are there in the world of these 3D printers and how much do they cost and why will an ordinary mortal buy them, especially a child?
                    But mousetraps with pipes and other construction debris can be found in any closet, and an instruction or diagram can be printed from the Internet .. And who has a better chance?
                    Professor, turn on not imagination, but think rationally.
                    1. Professor
                      Professor 8 May 2013 07: 37 New
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                      This is YOU dear, do not be stupid and carefully read what I write. To get a gun in New York is a problem and a big one, thanks Giuliani.

                      Do you have a 3D printer? No?

                      There is. Acquired for rapid prototyping.

                      How many of them are there in the world of these 3D printers and how much do they cost and why will an ordinary mortal buy them, especially a child?

                      If you yourself have never seen such a printer, this does not mean that they are not. They cost only a thousand dollars, and so far, China has not mastered their release. Once computers were also prohibitive, but as I see it now, even you have it.

                      Professor, turn on not imagination, but think rationally.

                      If In at least one day we worked with a 3D printer, then we would not even remember about mousetraps. wink
            2. Grishka100watt
              Grishka100watt 7 May 2013 22: 22 New
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              Skills minimum. For obvious reasons, I won’t tell you how to make a serious gunshot, but from the old mousetrap, a piece of pipe and a nail with a cartridge, the crossbow is made quite well. And I must say that the Vietnamese did just that when they extinguished your striped friends at home

              lol
            3. carbofo
              carbofo 9 May 2013 18: 26 New
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              For children who grew up in the USSR, there is no problem making a firearm that is quite capable of killing a person.
              Who remembers the film "Brother2" there our man from the film crew bungled quite a military weapon for half an hour, the Americans were shocked, in fact this process was shown in the film.
          2. Averias
            Averias 7 May 2013 15: 47 New
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            Quote: Professor
            For the manufacture of artisanal crossbow necessary skills are needed, but here any kid can print a disposable barrel for himself.


            Yes, I beg you, one pipe, one brass sleeve and one spring, a piece of wood for the gun carriage - here's your pistol. I have proposed this "difficult" option.
        2. Corsair
          Corsair 7 May 2013 15: 38 New
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          Quote: We refund_SSSR
          Of course, I understand that one Soviet child is worth five adult Americans in terms of ingenuity and preparation for life, but those who knew this hysteria with 3 printers are nothing more than hysteria and everything falls under the same legal field as other handicraft weapons.

          Indeed, this is just a demonstration of the capabilities of this printer, if you like, an ordinary banter in the spirit of "Mythbusters"
          BUT CAN BE WHILE?
      2. Corsair
        Corsair 7 May 2013 15: 31 New
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        Quote: Professor
        This toy rifle fired 2 shots before falling apart.

        Almost like real !!! lol
    2. T-100
      T-100 7 May 2013 14: 18 New
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      Remained formalities, to adopt and rearm NATO, such breakthrough pistols)))
    3. Army1
      Army1 7 May 2013 14: 22 New
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      Not enough tomahawk model.
    4. Maks111
      Maks111 8 May 2013 04: 40 New
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      The wild west is about to begin.
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 7 May 2013 10: 11 New
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    "American experts propose various measures to combat the uncontrolled proliferation of weapons. In particular, there are opinions that it is more expedient to prohibit not the manufacture of plastic weapons, but components for cartridges: in particular, gunpowder."

    Better yet, ban smelting lead for bullets, any business can be brought to the point of absurdity.
  3. Navy7981
    Navy7981 7 May 2013 10: 17 New
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    And how are we developing 3D printers?
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 7 May 2013 10: 19 New
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      Quote: Navy7981
      And how are we developing 3D printers?

      Izhmash has a 20-ton printer that prints metal parts for automatic machines. wink
      1. Canep
        Canep 7 May 2013 10: 25 New
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        Or maybe Izhmash does not print machine parts, but lost-wax models for casting machine parts.
        1. BARKAS
          BARKAS 7 May 2013 10: 47 New
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          There, a metal processing center produces a machine completely except for the barrel, as in the video
          1. Executer
            Executer 7 May 2013 11: 05 New
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            Just think - Izhmash, we have the same Matsura in Meson (Vologda). And not only.
  4. kudma
    kudma 7 May 2013 10: 19 New
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    And what a cool printer you bought and you are a potential gun tycoon bully
  5. Canep
    Canep 7 May 2013 10: 22 New
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    I wouldn’t take such a weapon in my hands, I’m not an octopus, I have only two hands.
  6. svp67
    svp67 7 May 2013 10: 22 New
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    Well, now, apparently, the question will become about the control over the circulation of 3D printers, and if you seriously need to tighten the criminal liability for the manufacture of such handicrafts. And is preparing for their mass appearance ... After all, how can one detect the details, by smell or something what
  7. Metlik
    Metlik 7 May 2013 10: 39 New
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    Printers are the weapon of the future. They will turn our view of economics and war. We need to develop them as soon as possible.
  8. Andrey_K
    Andrey_K 7 May 2013 11: 45 New
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    And why is a 3D printer better than an automatic milling machine?
    Or a simple milling machine?
    Just for the price?
    And so, as far as I know, from time immemorial, illegal weapons by craftsmen on such machines have been turned out.
    1. Professor
      Professor 7 May 2013 11: 50 New
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      Quote: Andrey_K
      And why is a 3D printer better than an automatic milling machine?
      Or a simple milling machine?
      Just for the price?

      Accessibility, speed and the fact that it is possible to print the assembly on it immediately without bothering with the technological process.
      1. lelyk72
        lelyk72 7 May 2013 12: 32 New
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        I think the difference is still in the qualifications of the "operator" of the machine ........ in order to download a 3d model of the weapon and print it, you just need to be able to read ...
    2. Metlik
      Metlik 7 May 2013 19: 56 New
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      Quote: Andrey_K
      And why is a 3D printer better than an automatic milling machine?
      Or a simple milling machine?
      Just for the price?
      And so, as far as I know, from time immemorial, illegal weapons by craftsmen on such machines have been turned out.

      1) On a 3D printer, you can create more complex parts with internal cavities.
      2) No need to bring a part from Japan for example, no need to pay an intermediary, a seller, you can do it right in the garage. The cost will be almost equal to the cost of the material.
  9. Ram chandra
    Ram chandra 7 May 2013 13: 06 New
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    And the 3D model is very easy to do. On the same compass - everything is in Russian. I already had wet fantasies - to print toy figures, paint and sell! ..
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  10. elmi
    elmi 7 May 2013 13: 33 New
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    Going in progress! soon many products, instead of buying in stores, or ordering on the Internet, will order products online and after payment print them on 3 printers at home. Of course, 3 printers will not replace many things, but for example, the same toy figures can be printed without problems.
    1. Professor
      Professor 7 May 2013 13: 41 New
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      What kind of toy figures? The Americans in Afghanistan have set up a workshop of 3D printers and are actually printing the necessary army details.
      1. Averias
        Averias 7 May 2013 15: 57 New
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        Come on. You seem to have read it here. As it was an article about 3D printers and defective flashlights. Say, but the Americans would have had these printers, it was possible to print spare parts for flashlights in place and not order from the USA. Flashlights need to buy normal pancake and not 3D printers - it will be cheaper. And what kind of spare parts are you talking about. Paper clips, pen cases, magazine stores, or what? Any serious part for a weapon is metal. In many cases, special alloy. What to print, plastic dishes?
        1. Professor
          Professor 7 May 2013 16: 15 New
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          Quote: Averias
          Any serious part for a weapon is metal.

          Yeah any Glock - 17
          1. Averias
            Averias 7 May 2013 17: 53 New
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            Why didn't they write it up to the end? The cost, scope and capriciousness of this product. And also, options that can be bought in the store, they have only a few non-metal parts. And secondly, it is made (components) by stamping from composite polymers and carbon fiber with subsequent processing. And this is not quite a 3D printer, I would even say - it wasn’t standing next to it. It is made - not printed. So the example is a little flawed. And the completely non-metallic "Glock" is special forces.
            1. Professor
              Professor 7 May 2013 21: 01 New
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              It is made - not printed.

              This is a matter of time, 5-6 years and will be printed. For a couple of years at the Chicago Exhibition there was only one company with a 3D printer Objet, and last year it’s already a couple of dozen and the materials that they print are already impressive.


              Pay attention to the chain assembly printed in the assembly in one go.

              And the completely non-metallic "Glock" is special forces.

              In Tsakhal any interested officer.
  11. Averias
    Averias 7 May 2013 15: 53 New
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    I remember in laser color printers, and in inkjet ones too, they built in a chip so that money could not print. Well, let them chip. Although, if only there was a problem in the 3D printer. There are so many arms on hand in the same States. And the cost of this printer is still high. That's how a person works, instead of printing something worthwhile on this printer, but no - just a gun. And we still ask why aliens do not fly to us laughing
  12. Pablo_K
    Pablo_K 7 May 2013 21: 14 New
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    Now, when it will be possible to print the same working 3D printer on a 3D printer, it will be serious, but for now this is just advertising.
  13. Tony tomahawk
    Tony tomahawk 7 May 2013 22: 37 New
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    China probably saliva comes from such an ideal copyright machine, they look, they will soon make a 3D factory that will create tanks, planes and other equipment, and shove them to the markets.