12 Best Designs from the Past 100 Years [And post #1,000 for the NUGUN Blog]

 

Yes, the Mac, iPod  and Vespa are on the list…

But #5 is the AK-47 “A beacon of economical design from the Soviet-era…”
http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/28/tech/best-design-100-years-zaccai/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

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Published in: on June 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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NYC to ban 3D printed guns…

At least they’re including an exception for licensed gun smiths. But then this makes me wonder. Could a design shop simply print their “serial number” on a metal unit that meets the “undetectable firearm” requirement.  And be legitimate?

So basically, you buy the design, and the “receiver”. Which is merely a metal block with the serial number. You print your gun. It now has the serial number, and the metal block to facilitate detection via metal detectors. 

And then you have legally met the requirements. Seems like this legislation is total FAIL. 
 
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/105893-bill-regulating-3d-printed-guns-announced-in-nyc/

Published in: on June 14, 2013 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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3D Printing of Big Guns ???

Well for all the rhetoric out regarding Defense Distributed an their successful 3D printing of firearms.  It would appear they’re not the only ones looking at printing weapon systems.

The U.S. Navy is apparently considering whether they can re-equip at sea.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/navy-could-soon-3d-printers-manufacture-drones-weapons-183412096.html

It’s an interesting concept. Store enough raw metal. Or even smarter IMHO, engineer a ship where said metal would function as armor or added redundant strength. And allow the ship to convert that into munitions. Yes, canibalize itself if it needs too.  Perhaps this makes more sense for a space based naval ship which can grab an asteroid and extract material.

Published in: on May 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Defense Distributed finally nails it…

John McClane’s mythical plastic gun has finally arrived. Defense Distributed has test a 99% plastic firearm. The firing pin being the exception; and for that they utilized a nail from a hardware store.

Please note, before you get up in arms, today’s X-ray machines and scanners will detect a plastic gun. That is because such scanners detect hardness, and plastic is still fairly hard/dense.  While a detector which only detects metal may not succeed in detection of such a firearm.

One does have to love how the media describes the founder of Defense Distribute: “Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas and a radical libertarian and anarchist”.

Mr. Wilson chose to name this first generation Wiki Weapon the “Liberator”, a tip of the hat to a cheap WWII one-shot firearm that was made by the Allies and dropped in enemy territory to aid insurgents.

Right now, the design is limited to low powered cartridges. The attempt utilizing a .380 (often referred to a 9mm short) succeeded. But the higher charge of a 5.7×28 exploded; destroying the firarm. That said, I believe this is not the end, but merely the beginning.

Apparently, Mr. Wilson was distraught by the fact they had a failure to fire due to pin alignment.  I am sure that he and Defense Distributed will seek to improve upon the design.

The success has led some legislators like the our beloved Chuck Schumer and New York’s Steve Israel to exclaim silly statements like “Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser”.

The point Defense Distributed is making is that such devices will in the future be as common astoday’s color printers. In the future, you won’t buy a bowl or plastic fork for your kids from Walmart. You’ll simply print one at home.  And yes, in the future, obtaining a gun will be as easy as printing a large color document is today.The point is, only a legislator would be dumb enough to believe that passing a law will prevent criminals from doing this in the future.The only thing this law will do, is stop law abiding citizens from doing so.

Interesting to note that after much pressure to stop them, and being booted from two workshops, crowd sourcing sites, they have utilized Bitcoin for fundraising.  (Perhaps Sebastian might consider donating his bitcoin harvester’s crop to Defense Distribued.)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/05/meet-the-liberator-test-firing-the-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-gun/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/05/03/this-is-the-worlds-first-entirely-3d-printed-gun-photos/

Congratulations to Defense Distributed for silencing naysayers who said it just couldn’t be done. Well, one barrel withstood 11 rounds. And I bet with further designs and reinforcements that the barrel could last longer. I think a honeycombed matrix of buttresses similar to those used to build the giant cathredals might enhance the strength of a plastic barrel. Similar to how an egg’s design distributes the pressure.I also must add, that I was thinking one would still need to bend some wire to make springs. But it’s clear from the photo showing the parts build out, that is not the case. Mr. Wilson has engineered his own springs made from polymer. Excellent…

Shame that these peaceful anti-gunners keep expressing themselves by making death threats toward Mr. Wilson. Perhaps that is why they are so anti-gun. Because they know the evil that lurks in their own hearts.

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=drPz6n6UXQY

Off-topic: Prosthetic Hand that can feel

This is one of about a dozen technology advancements that I feel we’re on the cusp of, and have awaited for sometime. And I believe will be feasible in my life time.

I know it’s off topic, but it’s neat technology. And for those who have been injured, it will greatly help their ability to live normal lives.  I wager there are a number of U.S. soldiers who will never fire another rifle due to injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, unless technology like this becomes available.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/a-sensational-breakthrough-the-first-bionic-hand-that-can-feel-8498622.html

 

Published in: on February 18, 2013 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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3D Magazines & Censorship

Slashdot is discussing how the latest 3D printable magazines are more reliable. While simultaneously pointing out that YouTube has apparently yanked the video.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/02/09/1631248/printable-ar-15-mag-gets-more-reliable-youtube-pulls-video-of-demo

Seriously, I am getting tired of super-mega companies engaging in this sort of political censorship.

Is google a private company? Yes.

But it wields an unearthly leek of information control. And that’s frightening. And frankly, I think it’s hypocritical of their do no evil. They won’t censor links to all sorts of crap. But they did cave to China. But when it comes to an issue like this, I am very very bothered by YouTube’s actions.

But what does one do about it? Heck, MSG or call google. That’s like sending an email into oblivion. Can’t afford to buy stock and vote. But if you own google stock it might be good to contact shareholders services. I did this with Netflix once. It does go a bit further when you OWN a share of the company.

Dear Google, such sort of censorship is dangerous and evil!!!

Published in: on February 11, 2013 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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30,000 Domestic Drones….to Watch the Worker Bees.

I was aware of the plan to utilize drones. Mostly along the border, aid Border Patrol, Homeland Security, etc, etc. Frankly, I was only minimally concerned.  I could see a place and use for a few drones, especially along the borders and coastlines.

But I was unaware of the level planned. This article in U.S. News states the FAA is mulling upto 30,000 drones. Now THAT is disconcerting, because that is NOT the number you need to watch terrorists. That is the number you need to watch ALL OF U.S. 

“As the Federal Aviation Administration mulls allowing up to 30,000 drones take to the skies over the next several decades”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/15/drone-moans

Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Could a Brain Scan make you a Prohibited Person?

Interesting article on detecting psychopathic behavior via brain scans. Now, I am not sure I am fully sold on this concept. But I do believe that studies like this could one day potentially show us what area of the brain is so very very very broken in such people.

Perhaps, it doesn’t equate to the loss of rights. But maybe just a periodic check with one’s physician. Or even better yet….a treatment for “goblins”

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/dark-patch-xray-killers-brain-scans-212141274.html

 

Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Liquid Metal – Sure would be curious to see a firearm made from the stuff…

Liquid Metal has been “hyped” (talked about) for upcoming iPhones. And from what I gather its sort of a molecular “glass” state alloy of metals. I am sure there is a ton more to it than that. But looking at the stated tolerance properties. I sure would be interested in seeing an AR15 made from the material. And see how well it held up for various components from lowers to barrels. 

http://www.liquidmetal.com/technology/properties-comparison/

 

Published in: on January 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Why magazine bans are a failed proposition…

The truth is, that the means to ban high capacity magazines is minimal.  Technology that is on the cusp of arrival, namely 3D printing, essentially will allow ANYONE to print off high capacity magazines. Realize the success that has already been achieved by this technology (which is still in it’s infancy).

Defense Distributed, recently printed a 30 round magazine for the AR platform. They loaded and successfully fired 86 rounds from the device.

The Defense Distributed design is available at its website, Defcad.org.

Whether you agree with a ban or not, the future will make it unenforceable.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/01/14/gunsmiths-3d-print-high-capacity-ammo-clips-to-thwart-proposed-gun-laws/

Published in: on January 15, 2013 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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