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Why the first 3D-printed gun shouldn’t freak people out

on November 8, 2013


When University of Texas law student Cody Wilson 3D successfully fired a 3D printed plastic gun earlier this year, people freaked out. And rightly so: Plastic guns could slip through security checkpoints because they don’t trigger metal detectors. 3D printers that print plastic are already trickling into homes, potentially allowing just about anyone with the right files to print a gun.

News from 3D printing company Solid Concepts revealed we are nowhere near done with the 3D printed gun conversation: The company announced today that it has successfully 3D printed and fired a metal gun.

“We’re proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D metal printing,” vice president of additive manufacturing Kent Firestone said in a statement. “And we’re doing this legally. In fact, as far as we know, we’re the only 3D printing service provider with a Federal Firearms…

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