HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
CAD/CAM Corner
Engineer Pulls Trigger on 3D-Printed Gun
8/15/2012

Michael Guslick, a Wisconsin engineer, used a 3D printer and blueprints he pulled off the Internet to create the lower receiver piece of a AR-15 automatic rifle. (Source: Michael Guslick)
Michael Guslick, a Wisconsin engineer, used a 3D printer and blueprints he pulled off the Internet
to create the lower receiver piece of a AR-15 automatic rifle.
(Source: Michael Guslick)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 8/8
Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Gun Laws
Beth Stackpole   8/15/2012 9:49:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Naperlou: I like your synopsis of where 3D printing is going in terms of freeing us up from a dependance on companies for consumables. As much as I found this example pretty compelling from the standpoint of what the technology is capable of, I definitely am not on board with giving people the tools to produce their own firearms or other weapons. Laws or no laws, it just opens the door to bad behavior.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Gun Laws
naperlou   8/15/2012 8:54:57 AM
NO RATINGS
This is an interesting development.  I am not suprised that this worked, since in the AR-15 design most of the stress is contained in the upper receiver.  What is interesting is that the lower receiver is what is licensed. 

I can speak to the implications in Illinois.  We do not register particular guns.  Yes, you go through a process when you buy a gun in the state from a retailer.  On the other hand, buying a gun from an individual does not require a check with the authorities.  Generally, you should keep a record of the sale for ten years (this is a federal requirement).  What we do have here is a Firearms Owners ID (FOID).  This is what allows an individual to possess a firearm.  You are not allowed to own a full auto gun without a Class 3 license (again, a federal regulation).  I have known people to make their own hunting guns, for long range hunting.  They did not have to register them.  They, as a registered gun owner, are permitted, not the gun.  As with most laws, the enforcement is after the fact.  If you drive a car and you kill someone (a much more likely event than ine using a gun) then you are prosecuted after the fact.  Little is done to stop people, although there is technology coming that might help.

Enough of the legal rap.  What is interesting is that, through computer technology, we are freeing ourselves from the dependence on large organization for many of the things we consume.  Think of the production and distribution of music, and now video.  With 3D printing, this is extending to many physical products.  Change it is a coming!

<<  <  Page 8/8
Partner Zone
More Blogs from CAD/CAM Corner
IBM announced it is dedicating $3 billion of funding over the next five years to research and development of new processor technologies.
Micro Python is priming the presses. After smashing its Kickstarter campaign, the programming platform is almost ready to release its Micro Python boards into the public market.
Theorem Solutions recently announced the release of its newest software solution: Publish 3D. The program enables direct translation between CAD software and the PDF format, allowing engineers to spend more of their time doing what they do best -- creating.
University of Houston researchers created DermoScreen, an app that can detect skin cancer via a smartphone.
The MOD-t 3D printer, from New Matter, is a low-cost printer that is easy to use and one of the cheapest yet. Cookie Caster lets a user design his or her own cookie cutters and have them made. It's the cloud at work!
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 4 - 8, Introduction to Linux Device Drivers
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: August 12 - 14
Sponsored by igus
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service