3D printing goes awry: Assault gun printed using 3D printer
The ability to print chocolates, Mexican dishes, keys, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. using 3D printer is absolutely the future of printing technology and welcomed by mankind, but what if someone prints an assault rifle with the help of 3D printing technology? It is being posted by an amateur gunsmith named ‘HaveBlue’ on its blog post that he has made a fully operational 0.22 caliber pistol and parts of an AR-15 assault rifle.
How ‘HaveBlue’ printed the assault rifle using 3D printer?
‘HaveBlue’ is reported to have successfully printed the functional AR-15 rifle parts using blueprints from CNCGuns. It is being clained by ‘HaveBlue’ that despite a few kinks, the rifle functions mostly like a real one.
It is not just the ability to print 3D rifle components, ‘HaveBlue’ also exposed the easy accessibility to 3D sharing sites like MakerBot's Thingiverse. The amateur gunsmith posted his weapon designs online for all to download without any objection from the website. MakerBot said it was frowned upon, but didn't disallow ‘HaveBlue’ from doing so, so he tossed it up. MakerBot responded by banning the sharing of weapons designs.
3D printed gun designs have been available around the Internet for some time now, but ‘HaveBlue’ seems to be the first one to take it to the next level. Since it could have negative impacts, it’s for the lawmakers to take not of this and decide how legal is it to print your own guns at home.
News and image credit: haveblue.org