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Here's a video. I wish they would have shown some of the 3D printing.

[video=youtube_share;u7ZYKMBDm4M]http://youtu.be/u7ZYKMBDm4M[/video]
 
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Baby steps, tac... this just proves the concept. SLP's for plastic cost that much or more at first too, but today they've dropped in size and price to have household versions for around $500. Who knows where it'll be in just another 2-3 years?
 
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Well, if you call a half-million dollar machine that uses a selection of highly specialised and not easy to find in Loewes/Home Depot raw materials 'an easily made at home' labour-saving device, please go right ahead and install one in YOUR domestic accommodations.

IMO, every home should have one.

tac

They used to say that about computers. Now how many do we have? Me, one desktop, one ipad, one iphone and that doesn't count all the PLCs around the house and car.
 
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What I think is likely to happen is some local metal fabrication shops will buy the machine and make the parts you design. You can do this with water jets and the like today.
The biggest market is still rapid prototyping.
But also impossible to get parts can be manufactured. If you read Jay Leno (I think he might be on TV also) he talks about making parts for his antique car collection. Used to be very, very difficult. Now he'll be able to print out what he needs.


Montana has an interesting dust up with the Federal government. Their claim is that if you make all the parts in your state - all of them from the raw material - then the Commerce clause cannot apply and therefore the Federal government (BATFE etc) has no say - no limitations - no authority over them. I am sure the Feds position is "not so fast" which is why that will be in the courts for a while. The implication here is, if you can print the "gun" then you don't need to follow the federal rules. Why not print a suppressor? Why not print a full automatic lower for your AR?

I too would have liked to see a bit more of the demo of the printing process.

I agree - baby steps. But how fast they have come.




The Montana Firearms Freedom Act is an attempt to limit unconstitutional federal intervention over firearms in the state of Montana by using the Necessary and Proper Clause and the Interstate Commerce Clauses of the US Constitution.
Montana Firearms Freedom Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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Of course, I should have thought about my post. In a country - the only country on earth - where owning a fiream is a right enthroned in the actual founding document of the nation, making a gun by cooking a few tablespoons of metal powder and couple of lazers and a computer is not so much of a big deal. Living in a country, as I do, where making a pressure-bearing part or component of ANY kind of a firearm is comprehensively against the law - UNLESS you are licensed to do so - let alone a complete working firearm like this one.

I apologise for my facile remark by removing it from the thread.

tac, suitably chastened.
 
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Back in the last couple of years of WW2, my dad, a convicted Irish terrorist, and therefore not allowed to join the British Army, was employed as a highly-skilled welder - his other occupation when he wasn't blowing up police stations. He was part of a development team of welding specialists who had invented flame-spraying of metal, using a clockwork mechanism to feed a metal wire or tape into the flame of an Oxy-acetylene torch, where it was atomised and deposited onto the damaged or worn surface to build it up sufficiently for resizing/grinding/machining to the original dimensions. This was VERY useful when it came to filling in shot holes in armour that had been put there by the then-opposition. The process was refined into what is now a fully-commercialised method of renewing crankshafts, pistons, reciprocating parts of all kinds of large engines and so on. It was called the Starlight Process, and the action of using it, back in the days of hand-operated gas-torches and clockwork wire/tape feeders, was called 'painting', from the action used to effectively deposit the new layer - a bit like the action of a spray-gun operator in a body shop.

Just sayin'.

tac
 

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