3D Printed Rifle – V2.0

Successfully fired 14 rounds of .22LR before failure…
(much room for improvement remains)

Published in: on August 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

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.

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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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.


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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Revocation of Right to Print Guns

Apparently, Stratasys (who will be receiving an email from me shortly), has revoked the 3D printer lease of Defense Distributed – which was attempting to design a printable firearm system.


The manufacturer cited a lack of a Federal firearms manufacturer license. Which many have pointed out that without intent to sell, technically seems to not be needed.


Right now, it seems that Wilson should find a license Federal firearms manufacturer to be an umbrella for him. That would seem to be the simplest solution.

“3D printable ammunition would be a joy to pursue.”

This actually seemst to be rather plausible. I mean, how many shotgun shells use a plastic cartridge container? I think it’d be interesting to not only try printing some shot gun shell components. But to see if one could alter the interior of the shotgun shell in such a way as to result in differing patterns.


For those looking to contact Stratasys. (Remember as a private company Stratasys is allowed to do what they want with their property.  But that doesn’t exclude them from consumer pressure for their actions.)



Dear Stratasys,

I am extremely bothered by your recent decision in regards to Cody Wilson’s “Defense Distributed” project.

From what I have read and researched, Cody Wilson is not in violation of the law. So long as he does not sell or give away any prototype firearm he develops.

While you may or may not support the idea of the project. Please realize that the right to self-defense is as fundamental to both our society and life as our freedom of speech.

And I truly hope that your motivation was solely at the behest of legal concerns (which I believe personally to be unfounded).

Please assure me that if Cody Wilson were to acquire or work with an existing licensed Firearm Manufacturer that you would restore the leased 3D printer.

If not, than you’re business is acting from a purely political basis – and a rather naive one at that. And that would be both sad and disturbing.

“Science cannot progress without liberty!”

Published in: on October 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Future Arrives Sooner… 3D Printed Firearm

Extreme Tech is covering what it’s calling as the “World’s First 3D Printed Gun”, an AR style pistol firing .22 LR.


Some caveats, the firearm is using a standardized upper and a real barrel.  So it’s really more so the actual use of a home manufactured lower. Which for an AR is in fact the “registered component” of the firearm. The schematics are available for download. This is just even more evidence on the fire that my post just the other day exclaiming magazine capacity bans and the like is ineffective. 



For those who look at 3D printing and duplication as a future Utopia. I highly recommend reading “The Lord of Uffts” (Duplicators) by Murray Leinstar, found in the collection of short stories titled A Logic Named Joe, also a fun read for IT folk as it models computers and the internet quite well considering it was written in the 1940’s

BTW, Baen books has A Logic Named Joe as a free download along with many others including 1632. (A fun read if you’ve ever pondered the effect a shotgun would have in warfare in the 1600’s.)

Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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