This is an update to the ongoing progress with 3D-printed weapons.
The eyes of the world are on the rapidly developing innovation of 3D printing. Naturally, whenever a new technology is created that offers open-source DIY opportunities to the average individual, it is going to make governments and their protected corporate interests very nervous.
Such is the case with 3D weapons manufacturing. Defense Distributed has led the way with their innovations, sparking others to provide their own offerings. Their progress, as well as their subsequent hindering by the US Department of Defense Trade Controls, has been documented by a series of video updates below.
The latest development highlights how quickly the cost of innovation is dropping, as well as introducing a new innovator to the 3D-printed weapons space. A mechanical engineering student, James Patrick, has created the world’s first 3D-printed revolver, named the PM522 Washbear; all parts were created with a consumer-grade 3D printer – only the firing pin was not, he used a roofing nail. As James states:
By achieving multiple shots without reloading, this design is the world’s first documented repeating firearm printed with a consumer-grade printer.
Please view additional details as well as test fire below.
NOTE: As you will see throughout this chronicle, a good number of videos have been removed from YouTube. We will continue to search for new versions of the ones that have been removed. If you have those links available, please leave them in the comments section and we will add them in.
Print, test fire, and footage by FP from Fosscad. Check out his channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjrn…
The open-source nature of 3D printing is indeed poised to render anti-gun legislation obsolete. For those who believe that 3D printing can be restricted, futurist and a director of engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, recently noted that it will soon be possible to print an entire 3D printer from a 3D printer, at a very low cost … globally. Then what?