Now, they might get a fresh method to circumvent regulations — 3D printing.
Recently, a Texas guy printed his gun on a 3D printer, which could make one section of the gun at the same time.
“I understand that (it is) something (that) may be utilized to damage other individuals,” Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed said. “That is exactly what it is, it is a firearm.”
Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said printing firearms doesn’t introduce much of a stress.
“I am more concerned about them picking up illegal weapons on the road.”
Shane Bendele, a mechanical engineer at Columbus State Community College, said as a means for engineers to enhance and analyze components designed on a computer before mass producing them 3D printers have a lot more bright future in making.
“Everything seems amazing on the pc screen, but the physical component does not always fit what you had imagined it looking like,” Bendele said.
He said it’s excellent for prototypes like a mobile phone holder for a bike or for hobbyists who want a part that isn’t any longer made.
Printing a firearm comes with its disadvantages, however.
The printer, now available for home use, still costs a large number of dollars.
A cartridge of the cord-like raw material prices hundreds.
“You are likely never going to have cheaper than mass produced components,” Bendele said. “Then there is also some strength problems. They just have about 70% of-the power of the production component.”
Bendele believes the future of 3D printing lies in helping humankind, not damaging it.
NASA is financing research into a device that could print nutritious meals for a potential manned trip to Mars.