Welcome to the dark side of 3D printing.

The hobby is best known for creating colorful toys and trinkets, but some enthusiasts are working on design files that would allow anyone to print a working gun. These don’t exist yet, but some believe it’s only a matter of time.

Why would a 3D-printed gun be appealing? For one, it could potentially be cheap. You can buy a preassembled 3D printer for about $500. A spool of ABS plastic to print with goes for $50. Depending on where you shop, you can buy .38 Special ammunition for 30 cents a round. The plans will undoubted be distributed free like so many MP3s.

  1. John E. Quantum says:

    Let’s see someone print one of these…


    • bobbo, one true Liberal recognizing Obama is too far Right says:


      Range, accuracy? Much as I dislike guns as a policy issue, as a matter of tech and skill they are awesome.

      Top military marksmen use smaller weapons/less kickback for accuracy. They would use this or bigger if they were more accurate?

      I’ve always wondered why they don’t use in essence a cannon that is made for accuracy. Kill range of 25 miles?

  2. kmfix says:

    This is just a proud combination of the 1st and 2nd amendments.

  3. steelcobra says:

    Nice bit of FUD there, uncle Dave.

  4. bobbo, like any other nut, Gun Nuts appear in Bunches and are indistinguishable from one another--aka==a fungible idiot says:

    ± making the best but still losing argument says:
    9/9/2012 at 10:05 am

    Bobbo — your stat about gun owners being more likely to be injured by their own weapons is almost certainly true. /// I’ve read that several times and never the opposite. Same with the Westward Destiny: more pilgrims died from their own firearms than from Indians. Guns are like that. “Inherently Dangerous to their Owners.”

    And the people who comprise this stat are (relative) retards. /// Yep–last two examples I’ve read were both police officers. One cleaning his gun and it fired and the other one’s kiddie found the gun and fired it. Its not just the registered owner that needs special training. “Inherently Dangerous”

    There is a nice component of natural selection going on of culling genes of people who don’t keep their guns properly sequestered. /// If only that were true but its family members more than the gun owner who get killed. Maybe the genetic connection is close enough?

    No gun owner I know would fall into this category. /// Yes, this nice personal pirouette does not address or alter the group statistic AT ALL, giving truth to the saying that “facts are niggly things.” FACT–guns do not make society safer==IN FACT, just the opposite.

    No gun owner needs to be in this category. /// Of course they don’t “need” to be. Rather a silly comment on the unavoidable nature of being what you are. No one needs to be 6 feet tall, born in Kenya, hit by a car crossing the street …. but much of life just…. is. But you do NEED to be reminded of simple facts. Heh, heh.

    Guns kill. People kill. People with guns kill in greater number. Silly to ignore what IS. Its Puke thinking.


    Easy Peasy.

  5. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    Everyone should be required to own guns.

    • Col Gallagher says:

      just like everyone should be required to buy health care insurance.

  6. MartinJJ says:

    “A spool of ABS plastic to print with goes for $50″

    Really? Toy guns from China are a lot cheaper.

    You make it sound like just printing a metal gun would be easy and cheap. I like to see the first real printed metal gun that won’t explode in your face. It probably will take quite a while, because that is a whole different ballgame then printing plastic 3D objects.

  7. Traaxx says:

    You really a stupid dip Uncle Davie Stalin. Do you really think or even know that you couldn’t ever, ever fire a gun made from this crap. The only thing that would go off is the metal left in you hand, you fear mongering troll.

    Your FUD is such a Troll, the only dangerous thing are robots like you, just like all the ‘Fellow Travelers’ of the NAZIs and Commies you just make stuff up and follow along. Globalist Obamabot…………whatever