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Can You 3D-Print Your Own Assault Rifle?

Can You 3D-Print Your Own Assault Rifle?

Here’s a fascinating video that shows the intersection of technology and firearms.

If you haven’t heard of 3D printing, you’ll definitely want to add this topic to your knowledge base. There are tons of 3D-Printing resources on the web, but in a nutshell:

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by drilling, cutting etc.

3D printing is usually performed by a materials printer using digital technology. Since the start of the twenty-first century there has been a large growth in the sales of these machines, and their price dropped substantially.

As 3D printers become cheaper and able to work with stronger materials, the universe of items we’ll all be able to “print” at home will greatly expand. With that expansion comes all kinds of questions about what this technology means. In this case, what it does it mean for gun control if we can all print our own weapons?

This 24 minute video documents a 25 year-old student’s efforts at 3D-Printing his own assault rifle.

I won’t ruin the ending, but this is definitely interesting enough to invest 24 minutes of your time!