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Shooting a 3D Printed Gun


[MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Doctor North. [GUNSHOTS] I’m flying in to
Tucson, Arizona, to give the keynote to Additive
Manufacturing Users Group. These are the best of
the best of 3D printing, so you better believe I
have my camera with me but with my travel schedule
these skies aren’t always friendly. I’m sitting here with
cold chicken noodle soup, all these business cards is
all the people I just met. This guy– check this out. That’s his card. Made a 3D printed gun, and
shot a hole in his card. I’m gonna go shoot
the gun tomorrow. I enjoy guns. I enjoy all the stuff
that goes into making them work, because
it’s a little machine. It takes a spark. It takes fuel. It takes a little bit of air. The miniature explosions that
happen, much like an engine– being an engine, man, there’s
thousands of little explosions that go on. That’s cool stuff. He just started doing it in the
company without anyone knowing. Now it’s turned into a big hit
and everyone loves him for it. What could go wrong? You’re just printing a gun. And it wasn’t to produce
a better or cheaper 1911. Its sole purpose was
to prove the process for someone else’s
design, not ours. I mean, that’s John
Browning’s design. That design’s 100 years old. Take his design and bring
it into manufacturing today. I think John Browning would
have prototyped this way. All right, we’re
gonna test this thing? Yeah, let’s go the range. You were in the service? Yes. OK. What were you in? I was in the Navy–
did four years. I went to school to
fix diesel engines. They’re really big
on cross-training, so the other
trainings that I went for were the master at arms
training, which got me pretty heavily into the firearms bit. Fix an engine, put out a fire,
and then go shoot the bad guy. [GUN SHOTS] Now this gun was not made
with your everyday 3D printer. This was made with a
half-million dollar direct metal laser
sintering system. With DMLS, objects
are made layer by layer using a laser to
sinter a metal powder together. Sintering is a process where
many small particles are turned into one large
particle, or a solid. In this case a laser is used to
heat up the particles, giving the atoms enough mobility
so that they can rearrange, and then form one large
particle, or a solid. It’s pretty cool. It feels like such
an accomplishment to hit 100 round
intervals with this thing. I’ll let Doctor North
put the round 4,500 through the 3D printed 1911. All right. No pressure, man. No pressure. [GUN SHOT] Right through the “O.” That’s impressive. It’s exciting to me. I get wrapped up in when you
can start to combine technology, and really advanced
ways of doing things, with these old things have
been around for a long time. Plus, that’s a 45
caliber pistol. Yeah, it’s pretty
potent on the hand. Yeah. You got a little
mark, too, don’t you? A little love mark. Looks kind of like a
hickey, but from a 45. Guns and 3D printing:
what do you think? Let us know in the
comments, and make sure and click “subscribe”
so you don’t miss the next big
thing in the making. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 thoughts on “Shooting a 3D Printed Gun

  1. I don't think 3D metal printing will make much of a difference in the US, as you can already buy fully automatic assault rifles in your local Walmart, but in many other countries, including my own, where virtually no one owns a gun, I can only hope that the government will enforce the same strict regulations towards 3D printed weapons as they do towards regular weapons.

  2. JMB best design ever they should mass produce these and sell them same price range as a Taurus G2 and I bet they sell more than Glock in the first year

  3. Im sure its much faster and cheaper now. Again this proves that if the man ban guns to be sold to the public, that people will make them at home. Other countries are doing it without 3d printers and just from bricks of steal and aluminum. Now, I do understand this printer is 1Mil but whats a mil or 2 to a criminal these days??? NADA!!!

  4. I think people that get triggered about this fail to realize that this gun was printed with a $500,000 printer, and who knows what the cost of actually printing it was. Your every day man isn’t going to be able to afford this kind of stuff. So it’s not a cost effective way to make guns.

  5. How much will cost you 500$ gun to build with 500 000 $ printer and to shoot couple of bullets wow …. BIGGGG ACHIEVEMENT man u nail it

  6. Interesting,… I wonder what kind of forces the 3D process can handle, vs a traditional forging/casting??
    How much fine tuning is required after the print to the parts work properly?

  7. Papa wolf you are ignorant don't you understand when something first comes around its crude in time the price will drop dramatically you clearly know nothing about manufacturing costs

  8. Honestly, my main problem is with using "3d printed" as a tagline. It will just create unnecessary hustle and regulations because the anti gun crowd will immediately jump on the "you can just print guns at home, so we need tougher gun control" band wagon and regulate this technology to hell

  9. Yeah let me use my 1/2 million dollar printing machine to make a gun.

    This guy is such an idiot, he did nothing special, those types of 3d printers are routinely used to make special prototypes and are rapidly replacing machining shops.

    The real "accomplishment" he made was avoiding having to hire a bunch of metalworkers and machinist to make his replica gun, look at all the labor cost he saved and it was made in America. Meanwhile, the very people who are frothing at the mouth wanting one of these won't be able to afford to buy them as there won't be any jobs with enough income left.

    Great job……

  10. 3d printed guns was such BS. The retarded snowflakes lost their minds over it. LOL. What about 3d printed bombs and nukes?

  11. sinthered metal is a metal powder that is then heat fused instead of a molten alloy being smelted then poured and forged or cast. the problem is the ductility and the durability of sinthered metal is greatly reduced. in comparison to different casting and forging techniques

  12. I don't understand what is so bad about this. Your average criminal can't afford this. If he can, then hes a true villain.

  13. i see nothing wrong with it as long as its safe and meets the U.S FTA standards and is able for consumer standards

  14. the plastic mixes are getting better all the time, stronger, easier to fire bullets and the plastic isnt as brittle as it used to be …. we live in interested times malbro6161

  15. America: makes gun laws
    People: make their own guns
    America: suprised pikachu
    People: reality can be whatever i want

  16. Fucking click bait like this is what gets the Dems all crazy about 3D printing. Should have said 500K machine makes a cheap metal gun!

  17. It’s illegal to 3D print gun parts because people can use them to kill people. Metal detectors don’t detect plastic.

  18. Wow wish i could afford that printer lol well i think today ill make a gun and go hunting hunny get my laptop we eating tonight

  19. I think that if John Browning were around today he would make some absolute wonders with modern CNC and 3D printing. It's great to have this technology come into the firearms world.

  20. Amazing 😉
    It’s about using innovative solutions to keeping the country free.
    Firearms weather certain people like it or not, was what granted our freedom from a treasonous government. You have the freedoms you have based on patriots fighting and the “gun” like it or not.
    I think this technology is amazing 👍

  21. School shooters and bad guys are gonna have a field day with this, thanks to the guy who created the 3D printer.

  22. You barely even showed off the gun. I assume that the gun that we saw for the entire video was the gun but you never actually told us that didn't show us anyting or explain any of the parts that weren't 3D printed anyways thanks I guess

  23. Because of Trump the economy grows so fast, this 3-D printer will be affordable for a three-year-old in a few months.

  24. The sintering process is a die cast or hydrostatic process using heat and pressure and generally creates a hard but brittle ingot. So even if you can fise at the level you disciss. You could not produce a hardned Barrell or a spring with it without at least the hardening process and turning of the rifleing would need difficult to create in this manner. What outside processes did you do because without proper tolerances and hardening processes I don't believe you could make a part that would stand the pressure nor the general impact of the.slide and chambering the round would cause a failure without hardening. I can't buy the process as you have provided little insight as to the final process you had to mill and carve out some of the structure. Sorry I would love it if you are telling the truth. Otherwise good night.

  25. I was thinking dissemble a glock print each piece and have the color black then get s metal spring and barrel for a real glock then bam put it together easy put bullets in the clip and then I'm sure it would work

  26. If I were to be rich and have 20 million dollars can I buy this half a million dollar machine then buy a real 3d printer

  27. 3D printed guns are likely to become a problem in the not-too-distant tomorrow. However, I think that it would be foolish to try to solve the problem before it even manifests fully. It is very difficult to articulate legislation for a problem that is not yet fully understood, and it is very difficult to understand a problem that hasn't happened yet.

    What can you really do? Ban 3D printers? That wouldn't fly.

    Ban the exchange or creation of gun models for use in 3D printers? That won't stop anyone from simply making them. Guns aren't immensely complicated things, and anyone with Blender and a free afternoon could make one.

    It's a difficult problem to solve – if, indeed, people will be able to solve it at all.

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