The first 3d printed metal gun. I don’t care.

Well Solid Concepts has printed the worlds first metal M1911 pistol. And I don’t give a rip. Personally I am tired of people blaming 3d printers as a way for people to kill other people. The first 3d printed gun, The Liberator, truly was an amazing achievement but the gun itself was not very good. The printer they used to print it with cost about a much as a nice car. If a criminal wants a gun, they have MUCH better ways to get ahold of one. Solid Concept’s gun was also printed on a many tens of thousands of dollars 3d metal printer. To me things other than guns need to make a world headlines in the 3d printing industry. The 3d printed gun has seemed to put a black cloud over 3d printers in general. When I tell people about 3d printing one of the first things they ask is “Have you printed the gun!” (For your information I have not.) This makes me sad. Not everyone with a 3d printer is going to go and print the gun, take it into an airport and shoot people. To me thats what media and general hype have placed over the rising 3d printing market. 3d printers are more useful that just printing guns. You can print iPhone cases, parts for other printers, 6 speed transmissions even. The common saying in the 3d printing world is “If you can dream it, you can print it!” Guns are included in this, but they do not need to be the highlight of 3d printing. The highlight of 3d printing for me is my imagination. And that’s what it should be for everyone else.


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