3D-Printed Gun is equal parts awesome and terrifying
Meet the Lulz Liberator, a gun you can make in your own 3d printer and use to
solve problems protect yourself from terrorists.
If you didn’t already figure out the amazing potential behind 3D printers, here’s another addition to the increasing flexibility of these self-replicating beauties. Though the original model of the weapon, simply called “Liberator”, was printed on a Stratasys printer (which is woefully out of reach from most manufacturers and hobbyists), this Lulz remade version was made entirely with a fairly low-end 3D printer. This raises some questions regarding the regulation of these devices and whether or not they will be banned, monitored or restricted in the future. In the meantime though, check out a quick video of the hobby-gun down below.
As you may have guessed these printed plastic models do still pack quite a punch, but aren’t necessarily known for their reliability. The video description says that the barrel had to be swapped after the eighth shot in its trials, and the cartridges had to be hammered back into shape after each shot. Nonetheless, one bullet can cause plenty of damage, as history has shown, and these guns are more than capable of unloading their content into something very alive.
Although the process of creating the weapon is hardly simple, and requires some fairly in-depth knowledge of ballistics and engineering, this proof-of-concept weapon is aimed at making a point. These DIY weapons are possible and don’t require top-of-the-line hardware, nor do they fail after a single discharge. Making these printed marvels is still risky business, but it remains to be seen if these will make the news in the near future, or if they just stand as one slightly misplaced fear in our hearts.
Source: The Verge
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