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  #813695 8-May-2013 14:18
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Was only a matter of time before this kind of thing came along with 3D printing.

It's a pretty exiting technology, especially being able to print with metal as well.

Will open up a whole new world of piracy no doubt.

You know those anti-piracy ad's 'you wouldn't steal a car'. Well, maybe soon you can download the specs for the parts and build yourself a new nice pirated Ferrari




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#813791 8-May-2013 16:27
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You mean in the future I will hear an anti-piracy message every time I start my car?

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  #813808 8-May-2013 16:45
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gzt: You mean in the future I will hear an anti-piracy message every time I start my car?


Unless you drive a pirated one...



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  #813813 8-May-2013 16:51
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ajobbins: Was only a matter of time before this kind of thing came along with 3D printing.

It's a pretty exiting technology, especially being able to print with metal as well.

Will open up a whole new world of piracy no doubt.

You know those anti-piracy ad's 'you wouldn't steal a car'. Well, maybe soon you can download the specs for the parts and build yourself a new nice pirated Ferrari


You'll need a 3-in-1 printer/scanner/copier for that. :)

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gzt: You mean in the future I will hear an anti-piracy message every time I start my car?






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  #814187 9-May-2013 08:51
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Let me guess. You put this year's alloys on last year's model and changed the oil filter at the same time? tsk tsk.

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  #814289 9-May-2013 10:07
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It's an interesting development in the world of firearms, with a lot of scary ramifications in terms of proliferation. Wonder how long it'll be before someone in the US gets shot with one of these and the company gets sued?



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  #814322 9-May-2013 10:28
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I'm a little bemused as to why this is such a big deal.

I've had/made 3D printers for a few years now and always felt like the technology was good enough to create a working gun with very little tinkering really. The gun they mention only fires .22 (I believe) so the chamber pressures aren't insane but it certainly won't be firing full auto or anything like that. Don't get me wrong, .22 are just as deadly as anything else, just easier to deal with by using a ABS/PLA plastic. There are metal sintering 3D printers which would be more capable of producing a fireable gun with larger calibers. However again, due to the very nature of 3D printing techniques, as they stand, the quality of the chamber would be far inferior to a milled option.

Suing/restricting 3D printers would be like restricting lathes, saws, hammers, pretty much any tool, as I'm positive I could make a working gun using raw materials and basic tools I could buy from a hardware store.

I don't see this as a problem at all. It's just a natural progression of the combination of a new technology and humans to end up with a weapon.

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