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Full Metal 3D Printing

A Texas engineering firm has created the world’s first 3D printed metal gun.  Unlike the world’s first 3D printed plastic gun, the Liberator, this new metal weapon actually resembles a firearm. 

As reported by The Verge, “the metal gun functions without issue and has already fired off over 50 rounds.  Building it involved the process of laser sintering – which helped [Solid Concepts] manufacture over 30 individual components for the gun – and various powdered metals.”  This is not to say that Solid Concepts’ gun will be readily available to the public any time soon.  Scott McGowan, Solid Concepts’ VP of marketing, stated that “there are barriers to entry” that “include a prohibitively high cost for the equipment involved and the expertise required to actually pull off the printing.”  Kent Firestone, Solid Concepts’ VP of additive manufacturing added, “we’re proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D metal printing.” 

However, right now, Solid Concepts is “the only 3D printing service provider with a federal firearms license.”  The goal in producing this gun was to “provide yet more evidence of 3D printing’s potential; that the technology is far more than making ‘trinkets and Yoda heads’.”

Photo and Quotes Courtesy of the Verge

Video Courtesy of Solid Concepts 

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