First 3-D printed rifle fires bullet, then breaks

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First 3-D printed rifle fires bullet, then breaks* - NBC News.com

A man who used a 3-D printer to make the first .22-caliber rifle out of largely plastic parts has successfully fired off a shot with the weapon. The homemade rifle subsequently broke, however. Still, the rifle maker — who previously used a 3-D printer to create two ukuleles (yes, ukuleles) — said he will try again.

The rifle creator, named Matt, agreed to a brief interview with NBC News via email but declined to give his last name.
He said he was given permission at work to use the 3-D printer, a Stratasys Dimension 1200es. He previously created two 3-D ukuleles using the printer.

"I went with what we Canadian gun owners call a non-restricted rifle of my own design, which means a lot less paperwork and BS to deal with."

Matt said the rifle took him three days to build, and nearly 27 hours to print: 13 hours to print the receiver, 6-1/2 hours to print the barrel, 5 hours to print the stock and 2 hours to print the rifle's "internals," he told NBC News.

On the YouTube video, below, Matt notes that the rifle's barrel "split along both sides" and "the receiver split along the top, but it did fire the round."

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow3lO_ViXkk]Fully 3D Printed Rifle #1 Firing Test - YouTube[/ame]

Matt told NBC News he is interested in both 3-D printing as well as guns, and that while the rifle he created can't be repaired, "I am currently redesigning it and will try again." Also, he said he is "thinking of trying a violin once I perfect the ukuleles I printed."
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.. well .. I think I will hold off investing in the printed ukulele / firearm business ..

.. I wonder what sort of failure the ukes may have had after playing a note ..

.. Canadian Ukulele Maker Gone Rouge ! ..
 

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.. I will take a bolt action Les Paul ..

.. actually .. why not print out another ... printer .. ha ha ..
 

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That's what you get when you're to lazy too just go to the gun show.
 

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The technology isn't there yet, but it will be. You cannot stop innovation.
 

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Think we could print out Les Pauls?

www.odd.org.nz

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It's been done, and you can buy em, too.
 

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Those are actually pretty cool.
 

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they need to figure out how to do it with metal

With metal, then you are getting into regular machining processes they currently use to manufacture anything with. Metal is substantially harder. However if you could get it hot enough, it may just work.

On issue I can think about is that it uses plastic. While I'm not 100% on how these printers work, it has to get into liquid form. To do that, you pretty much need heat, but plastics take a lot less heat than metals as a general rule. Firing a gun would put so much stress on those plastic pieces. They would crack, expand and cool at an alarming rate. I don't think an explosive firearm would work with plastic.
 

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