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Are 3D-Printed Guns a Threat?

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When the instructions for making a 3D-printed gun were released on an internet open source platform, there was widespread concern that it would pose a credible security threat to the general public. If you can simply purchase a 3D printer and print yourself a practically untraceable gun, what’s stopping criminals from using this technology for nefarious purposes? 

Well, it turns out, these homemade plastic guns aren’t the sturdiest things, to begin with. Some experts say that even the most high-quality 3D-printed guns out there may only fire several shots before blowing up in the user’s hand. Most of them, though, wouldn’t even be successful in firing a single bullet. 

Most consumer 3D printers are capable of producing some pretty neat stuff, but when it comes to quality, it is common to see a variety of glitches that can cause defects in the items being made. Defects, incorrect measurements, and flaws are all too familiar, and when it comes to a firearm, there simply isn’t any room for error if it is to work properly. 

When it comes to real firearms, manufacturers put them through rigorous testing to ensure it works properly. However, with 3D-printed guns, there is rarely any testing or quality standards to ensure the firearm works correctly. This often results in the threat of a 3D-printed gun being greater for the user than it is for anyone else. 

Despite this, there is still a growing concern over the safety of 3D-printed firearms. One particularly troubling aspect is the fact that they are essentially untraceable, unlike traditional firearms that have serial numbers and usually have a paper trail between the manufacturer and each owner. Another is the fact that making a 3D-printed gun does not require a background check. 

While the core idea that essentially anyone can make a 3D-printed gun is an alarming thought, those who are poised to use a firearm for illegal purposes or violent activity would have to go through quite the hassle to purchase an expensive printer, download schematics, buy materials, then print the firearm. 

3D printing technology has come a long way, and emerging advances could allow for 3D-printed firearms to progress to a point where they are made at much higher levels of quality. However, this is only being seen in research labs using cutting edge equipment that has not yet made its way to the masses. Until then, US legislators have proposed regulations to limit any future danger in 3D-printing guns, though none have yet to pass. 

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    canon pixma mg2922

    July 8, 2019 at 1:42 am

    This is really a great article. 3d printed really looks like the original. 3d printers are really easy to use and the printer’s specifications also good than other printers. Overall well penned and well example given using a 3d printed gun for 3d printers.

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    July 8, 2019 at 7:23 pm

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    George

    July 9, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    This article doesn’t take into consideration the use of metal parts where needed, which is being dincluded on most designs. The FGC9 design (and earlier Shuty AP9 / Gluty) uses a piece of seamless steel tube for a barrel, two lengths of 1″ steel bar stock which are inserted into the printed bolt body to give it adequate weight and a bit of 1/4″ steel plate for the trigger mechanism. Apart from that, everything is 3D printed, including the magazine. With very minor drilling and cutting of the few metal parts, one can have an almost entirely 3D printed 9mm semi automatic pistol / submachine gun.

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    HP Laptop Startup Error

    July 14, 2019 at 4:50 am

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    Nicholas Jhonson

    September 5, 2019 at 4:33 am

    The explanation you are providing is looking too good to see. This is really helpful for 3d printer users. I want to add something on that. The article really well-penned and so much informative in nature.

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    Jessica Lee

    September 28, 2019 at 4:34 am

    I was wondering whether is 3D-Printed Guns a Threat. But, later did I understand that it is not just because of your blog where I have got a proper explanation about the 3D-Printed Guns. I appreciate your blog and the hard work that you have shown in your blog.

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    Jessica Sargeant

    September 30, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    3D printing technology has come a long way. I have also a Canon 3D printer . But I was a little bit confused that 3D printed Guns a threat or not. But Your explanation article solved my confusion about 3D Printed Guns.

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    Eddie Green

    October 23, 2019 at 5:16 am

    The instructions of 3D printed gun releases on the internet on an open-source platform. This type of instruction needs security. If the instructions are grabbed by the criminals, then they can be more ferocious.

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    Judith Barker

    November 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

    information related 3D printer guns are an open-source platform. I have an Epson 3D printer but I am in a state of confusion that 3D printed guns a threat or not.

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    Tiffany Maynor

    November 15, 2019 at 4:43 am

    3d printing is a new tech in the technology industry and it may be helpful to creat things very easy and conventional. But if it goes on the wrong hand it can be used to make the deadly thing like a gun which is not detected in a metal detector, so use the 3d printer very wisely.

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