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You can Make a gun with a 3d printer

A huge leap in technology is upon us and of course it’s the criminals who are always the first adopters. Think about it, your gun carrying drug dealer associate was the first person to have a pager, a cell phone, an iPhone and soon he’ll be the first person to own a 3D printer. This latest leap in technology allows him to print a real live firearm right in his living room for less than $100.

This crazy leap of technology they call rapid prototyping which the Auto industry have been using for years has the ability to replicate most anything provided you have the right file. It’s going to change everything but it’s also going to put 100 million Chinese people out of work and be the beginning of bot wars and innovations we havn’t even thought about yet and enable people to print guns from home.

Can you believe they already have these things available now! Check out the video!

3d printing will change life as we know it! Think about all those ideas you had but could never create a prototype for well this machine can do it now withing minutes. Now back to the guns if you had the right CAD files you could just simply print out the required parts and all you’d need to do is buy the bullets and you’d have a fully untraceable weapon. How many nut jobs out there are thinking this right now, here’s the kicker though it’s already been done.

To be fair to the creators of these unbelievable machines they don’t really intend for people to do be making guns in their basement and more than likely come with disclaimers of what you can’t print but it’s clear anything is possible and there’s no way for anyone to police it. Remember when the internet first came around the hackers handbook which had information on how to build bombs etc etc. This new technology has the ability to do the same thing but this time actually do everything for you!

While the Zcorp machine is truly amazing it’s currently out of the price range of us regular folk however the cost of running the machine is amazing only 0.20 US cents per cubic centimeter making it cheaper to print an entire lego set than it would be to buy one in the shop. And that’s where I’m getting at. Once this technology improves and comes down in price over the next 10 years you’ll no longer be buying things made in China people will be making them from home or ordering an assembled job from the store online.

Remember what computers looked like 20 years ago I do I remember owning one that ran off a disk because it didn’t even have a hard drive. Now my stuff sits somewhere in a cloud and I can access it on a cell phone. These machines are going to change everything and to use the phone as an example if I lost the back cover to one I’ll soon be able to print a new one from home.

Now right now you probably can’t afford the machine seen in the video but you can afford a basic kit called the Bot Mill 3d Printer. The Bot Mill uses a layering system of a kind of PVC that enables it to create pretty much any shape imaginable won’t do all the fancy colour printing but it can definitely create the LEGO pieces I was talking about earlier.

gun from a 3d printer

This is an Actual 3d printed Gun!

Yeah it all sounds like something out of Star Trek and you’d think it’s so far away but it’s not. If you can buy a bot mill replicator for $1000 now imagine what they’ll have in just 5 years time since ten years ago none of this was possible at all.

So can you actually print a gun right now? Yes! There’s a guy called Michael Guslick who has already printed an AR-15 Semi Automatic rifle and then fired 200 shots from it to prove it works!

Now i’m not encouraging people to do evil things with a 3d printer I’m just saying that this is likely how the technology is going to be adopted first. But there are so many incredible things we could do with this technology.

People used to make money of selling printers, now people make money selling the ink that goes into them. I’m certain that this is how the 3d printing technology will evolve as well so if your an investor get on board with the future HP of the 3d printing world whoever that turns out to be.

It’s going to create a whole new mega industry people are going to be selling files of plastic chairs instead of you having to drive around trying to find a replacement for the green plastic chair you had in your garage but now they only sell blue ones. Instead you’ll be able to print one off right at home and likely for only a few dollars.


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Chris founded Living Thai and author of the books Learn the The Thai Alphabet and How to make money in Thailand also the Blueprint for Living in Thailand. Chris started this blog with the aim of educating westerners on how to have the best time in Thailand, to make new friends and to vent his frustrations Chris is also fluent in both written and spoken Thai.

7 Responses to You can Make a gun with a 3d printer

  1. Derek October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I think I´ll print my own Thai hooker.

    • Milbrath October 26, 2012 at 12:07 am #

      Make sure you copy one without gonorrhea.

  2. Anan October 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    The guy only printed the lower receiver for the AR. Still quite an accomplishment. If the entire gun was printed it wouldn’t hold up to the pressure when firing. But like you said, in 10 years anything will probably be possible. Another guy, a student at the University of Texas, had a 3D printed gun project going but the printer manufacturer sent a team to his house to reclaim the printer once they found out.

    • Chris October 23, 2012 at 4:56 am #

      It’s true he needed a few extra pieces to make the actual gun however he’s really the only one talking about it. If it was me and I actually made it happen I would be more likely not to tell anyone start making them so I could sell them before other people firgure out how to do it. Not saying it’s actually happening right now but it’s more than possible.

  3. Mike October 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    customized/personalized sex toys!

    • Chris October 26, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      Hey now there’s an idea!

  4. CoCo Channel October 29, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Does anyone know of a shop that does 3D printing in BKK , at Thai prices and not Western prices ?

    There are a few small things I would like to have made to see how they fit in an old jukebox I am restoring ,

    CoCo

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