A 3D printed pistol could be printed by a company with $100,000 printer and $500,000 to $1 million budget
By RICHARD HANSSON | 10/08/2016 08:48:16The idea of printing guns has been around since the 1970s, but the idea of creating a gun from scratch has never quite been so practical.
It’s possible to print gun parts, but how do you get the parts to be a gun?
The answer to that question has been 3D printing.
The technology can make the parts of an item in the shape of a gun, making it virtually impossible to create an exact replica of a real gun.
That is until now.
In December, an Israeli company called Shapeways announced it had developed a 3D printer capable of producing a gun using the printer’s nozzle.
It was able to print parts of a fully-functioning pistol, a firearm that can fire multiple rounds, and even a replica of the .38 Special cartridge.
The gunmaker also said it would be able to produce a fully functional gun that could be used by law enforcement, and that the new 3D-printed gun could be exported to countries that prohibit the production of firearms.
But there are some downsides to 3D printgun technology.
The nozzle can be tricky to use.
Shapeways’ prototype gun uses a flexible plastic nozzle that has to be pushed through the printer to be printed.
Shapeway says the process should be relatively simple, but some users say that’s not always the case.
Shapeways’ design relies on a proprietary design called an extruder, which is basically a nozzle that is heated to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
That heat causes the plastic to cool, and the resulting material can then be printed in a variety of shapes.
Shaperers uses the extruder to print the parts, and it’s designed to work with all sorts of materials, from nylon to glass.
The company also sells other printers that can print guns, including a small one that prints plastic parts.
But in order for Shapeways to make the gun, it needs to get its printer up and running in order to print it.
And it needs that printer to have at least $100 million in funding.
The gunmaker said it has about $100.000 in venture capital funding from investors and that it has another $100 in seed funding, according to Reuters.
But it’s not the first company to come up with a gun that uses 3D printers.
In 2013, a company called Fuse 3D published a gun design that uses a 3-D printer.
It also came with a $1,000 donation from a company that was looking to make a gun of its own.
But it didn’t get any funding.
“I am not a 3d printing expert and it does not look like a 3rd party design,” Fuse CEO Yair Golan told Business Insider in 2013.
“We have to do our best to convince our backers that it is a real product and it will be successful.”
Fuse 3d said it plans to create a second 3D gun, but it’s unclear if the company will be able create that gun at all.
It doesn’t offer a crowdfunding page for the gunmaker’s Kickstarter campaign, so it’s hard to know how much money is available for this project.
But that hasn’t stopped the project’s backers from pledging to help fund the project, and so far, the company has raised more than $50,000.
The project’s goal is to get the gun printed, but there’s no indication how long it will take to do that.