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3D printed AR lower receiver doesn't meet expectations

One of the more interesting technologies for creating rapid prototypes and other items is 3D printing. 3D printing is capable of producing just about anything you can imagine from implantable cartilage for medical uses, to prototype parts and even weapons.

A project called Defense Distributed has been working on 3D printer files that allow users to create components to build their own guns using a 3D printer. A group of testers used a 3D printed gun part design from creator HaveBlue to produce an AR lower receiver (the lower receiver is a key component of the weapon that receives the rifle cartridge from the magazine) and headed to the gun range.

Unfortunately, it appears that recoil pressure in the completed weapon was too much for the buffer section of the 3D printed lower. The buffer is a section that separates the stock from the upper receiver reports NBC News. The part failed after firing only six shots. To make the failure even more embarrassing, the testers were using ammunition specifically designed for lower recoil.
 
The creator of the part claims to have printed his own and used it to fire hundreds of rounds.
 
While the firearm breaking in half while in operation seems to offer the potential for harm to the shooter and those nearby, the testers say that the only damage the operator faces is that of ego. When the weapon failed, the spring and buffer popped out of the tube and fell to the ground according to the testers.

Sources: NBC News, WikiWep DevBlog



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RE: RELAX! All is well. Please do not panic.
By 91TTZ on 12/4/2012 2:23:46 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see what the uproar is about. It's easy enough to make a gun out of real steel using machines that have been available for hundreds of years.


RE: RELAX! All is well. Please do not panic.
By Armageddonite on 12/5/2012 10:35:58 AM , Rating: 2
This is about a new way of doing things though...if they can perfect this, there'll be no shortage of replacement parts for soldiers in the field.


By twhittet on 12/11/2012 12:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't remember having a "shortage of replacement parts" while I was in the field.

If a major part of my weapon failed - I am not so sure I would trust a part printed in an easy bake oven to have the same strict specifications of a factory made part.

Cool tech - yes. Changing the battlefield anytime soon - no.


"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins

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