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Here Comes Controversy: Hobbyists 3D Print Automatic Weapons

3D Printing Automatic Weapons Guns

An interesting and controversial story was published by Atomic MPC this week involving hobbyists designing and 3D printing automatic weapons.

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Colorado earlier this week, the Atomic forums entered a discussion on gun control and gun laws not only in Australia but the USA. Naturally as conversation progresses the topic goes off track a little, and one Atomican discovered a forum discussing the manufacture of AR15 lower receivers.

At first glance some readers, and especially gun enthusiasts may say “so what, why is this any different to making your own car parts?”. Well, the answer really is very simple, an engine part is not an object designed with the specific purpose of forging a weapon, a lower receiver is for the most part, is destined for such duties.

3D Printing Automatic Weapons

Okay, here comes the controversy. 3D printing is enabling easier access to guns, right? Wrong.

Look back at the 1993 film In The Line of Fire, starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich, and you will see a fanatic who creates a gun out of plastic molds. That was well before MakerBot got its start. Dangerous people will always find ways to hurt others. Technology does not accelerate this trend.

3D printing will have a revolutionary impact on our society, spanning industries from medical to logistics to entertainment. We hope to see, and report on, many more stories about the positive applications of this technology.


Via Atomic MPC.

Disrupting China: Interview with Horst Hörtner from Ars Electronica Futurelab

Austrian-native Horst Hörtner is a visionary in the 3D printing field and sees a disruptive future ahead. Hörtner is a founder and senior director of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, where innovations have ranged from foldable digital newspapers to car navigation systems.

Disrupting China?

Hörtner comments on the impact of 3D printing to the global supply chain:

In the short-run – about five to 10 years – 3D printing will change our way of how we produce things, it will change the logistics of the entire global production.

[The next big things] could hasten the demise of the traditional factory and manufacturing model that has dominated since the industrial revolution. The business model built around factories that make things – a product-driven business model – is under threat from many transformative forces; 3D printing not least of all.

Hörtner was in Brisbane, Australia this past weekend to share his views. Read more about this interview and his research at the Brisbane Times.