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Mon May 06, 2013 5:12 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22421185

Whoop de do. Making a zip gun is not a big deal, obtaining the ammunition is.
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Mon May 06, 2013 8:18 am

Hey, JSR, on the subject of future prices and availability, you may be slightly pessimistic. In the late fifties and early sixties, IBM was selling the first computers to big businesses to the tune of 2.3 million dollars.
Now you can buy cell phones with greater capability than those computers, for less than 50$. I don't think the 3d tech is too far away from being super cheap, and still very good.

Also, the printed gun? Pretty silly. And they are concerned about KIDS printing them off? Oh, brother. The average 16 yr old in his dads car is more dangerous than a marine and his rifle.
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Mon May 06, 2013 8:40 am

mako wrote:Hey, JSR, on the subject of future prices and availability, you may be slightly pessimistic. In the late fifties and early sixties, IBM was selling the first computers to big businesses to the tune of 2.3 million dollars.
Now you can buy cell phones with greater capability than those computers, for less than 50$. I don't think the 3d tech is too far away from being super cheap, and still very good.
Everyone has a cellphone though, not every household will want a 3D printer, especially as we live in an age of more people willing to consume than create. New techniques with perhaps different materials would also have to be created in order to make it viable.
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Mon May 06, 2013 9:13 am

A valid point, but everyone wants instant gratification, and 3d printers are seen as the epitome of that.

Also, you have to remember, lots of people WILL want them, but can't afford them. The 3d printers are going to be one time buys and won't be replaced in a hurry, so the manufacturers are going to constantly need to build machines for a different "demographic". This means either better or cheaper, and most people go for the latter.

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You are SO darn lucky to have access to one, though. I'd do anything short of murder to have one.
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Mon May 06, 2013 9:23 am

mako wrote:A valid point, but everyone wants instant gratification, and 3d printers are seen as the epitome of that.
You're missing one of the points which is that much like normal printers, the manufacturers make more money selling the consumable than the machine.
You are SO darn lucky to have access to one, though. I'd do anything short of murder to have one.
Our prices are very reasonable (and spudfiles members get an extra discount) so if there's something you really need printed, get in touch.
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Mon May 06, 2013 11:30 am

Hm. True on the printer point. I guess even if the printers got real cheap, the sellers would do the same thing they do with regular printers. Make a killing on the ink, or in this case, plastic.

What kind of stuff have you printed, aside from the stuff you've posted on this thread?
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Mon May 06, 2013 2:49 pm

mako wrote:What kind of stuff have you printed, aside from the stuff you've posted on this thread?
There's been plenty of interesting stuff, but sadly I can't really show any of it in the interest of client confidentiality.
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Mon May 06, 2013 3:15 pm

A shame that. This tool belongs to the people you work for? Are they taking employee applications?
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Mon May 06, 2013 11:56 pm

As explained in the first post, I part own it :) Unfortunately though right now the only HR drive is to drag my arse across the Atlantic.
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Sun May 12, 2013 4:30 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... andal.html

Without ammunition, it's just a piece of plastic.
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the article is retarded and so are the journalists

but have you noticed the quality of the build?? And they claim they made them themselves?? I smell BS - they hired someone to make it for them
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Wed May 15, 2013 2:24 am

I'm pretty sure they could have made it a direct blowback semi/full auto with a bit of imagination, but that would have given the Feds an even bigger heart attack.

People are already refining the design and adding all manner of inserts and modifications.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenbe ... un-photos/

This caught my eye: "And he’s cast versions of the Liberator’s barrel in epoxy that take .380 and .45 ammunition, a design he argues will be more durable than the pure ABS plastic Defense Distributed tested."

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Wed May 15, 2013 10:08 am

metal inserts make sense - can't believe they didn't include them in their prototype
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Wed May 15, 2013 10:59 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... Sunday-pri nted-plastic-gun-UK--took-board-Eurostar-stopped-security-scandal.html

Without ammunition, it's just a piece of plastic.
:lol: :lol:
I took my pen gun (not charged or loaded) in my pocket into the plane without a problem on my final's trip to Budapest (where beer is sometimes cheaper than water :roll:)
I could have it loaded and charged and still bring it on board.
(After this I had fears about flying, if I can do it, so does somebody else)
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