Staples Now Selling 3-D Printers Online, First Fully 3-D Printed Gun Tested
May 6, 2013 9:41 AM
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First fully 3-D printed gun test fired
Staples has become the first major U.S. retailer to offer easy access to 3-D printers on its website. Staples is offering a printer by a company called 3D Systems known as The Cube. The 3-D printer is
available for $1,299
The Cube uses digital design files as blueprints to build physical three-dimensional objects layer-by-layer using plastic. The printer is capable of printing just about anything the user can dream up from action figures to iPhone docks and more.
Cube 3D Printer
The Cube can print products up to 5 1/2 inches on each dimension. Print media is available in 16 different colors and the printer ships with 25 design templates included.
Staples will also offer consumables for the 3-D printer online and in some of its stores.
Speaking of 3-D printers, a company called Defense Distributed recently tested the world's first completely 3-D printed gun. The only parts of the weapon not created using a 3-D printer are the firing pin, which is a nail, and the .380 caliber bullet. The weapon successfully completed a single test shot and misfired on an additional test shot.
When loaded with a more powerful 5.7 x 28 rifle cartridge the gun exploded.
You can watch the video of the test firing below:
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5/6/2013 12:10:26 PM
I believe the Five seveN also has a default mag of 20 rounds, with a mildly-extended 30rd mag available, which would be more concealable than, say, the 9mm Glock stick.
But AFAIK the ammo is single-source (or near enough), and both it and the weapons themselves are crazy expensive. The civilian ammo has polymer jackets so as to not be armor piercing.
5/6/2013 1:14:42 PM
You are correct, the Five-seveN comes with three magazines, and you can choose either 10 or 20 round mags. You can also get aftermarket 30-round magazines which extend the grip by about 1.5 inches.
The ammo is basically single source -- I've only ever seen FN branded ammo. The price has always been high, but it has also been remarkably stable. When I bought the gun in 2007 it was ~$20/50. When handgun ammo spiked in price after Obama's first election, 5.7 ammo was still ~$22/50. Even now the price is still ~$22/50. So at times my Five-seveN has actually been cheaper to shoot than my 9mm.
5/6/2013 7:16:05 PM
Try reloads? I've fired thousands of rounds from these guys without a single misfire. Save a lot of money these days shooting reloads.
Didn't search for it myself, but maybe they have it. They tour a lot of gun shows too.
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