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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5/7/2013 10:21:34 AM
Wrong conclusion. Please research the origin of the term "Liberator" in the context of firearms and try again.
Your theoretical assassin would be better off with a common ballpoint pen in the circumstance you describe (namely, not so much an 'assassination' as an execution). Really, a quick rabbit punch would do as much without the mess and gunpowder residue.
A criminal (later comments) doesn't want a wierd plastic gun; he wants intimidation. The psycho or terrorist won't get too far with one .380 shot.
The only practical use for this is the one the original WWII "Liberator" was designed for: resistance against tyrants (in the original, Adolf's boys).
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