Where 3D printers are concerned, two things are certain: prices are continuing to plummet, and people are going to continue creating some amazing stuff. Just yesterday, we talked about how a 3D printed splint was created to help save a baby's life, and I'm certain that won't be the last time we hear of such a thing. This past December, a 3D printer was used to create an exoskeleton for a little girl, which allowed her to regain use of normal movements, such as picking something up.
Of course, 3D printing can be used for fun and interesting things as well, such as creating an LP, a case for your smartphone, or, as we can now see, a shotgun slug.
The topic of 3D printed guns are nothing new, with Defense Distributed, creators of a blueprint for a 3D handgun, currently facing some serious conflict. With that gun, bullets aren't taken care of, but with this latest YouTube video from user Taofledermaus, it's clear that creating those would be no problem, either.
Equipped with a Mossberg 590 shotgun, three different 3D printed bullets were tested with, albeit one of them being a bit silly on purpose. The first two fired bullets looked like normal shells, both of different sizes. The first slug managed to go through a dart board and a jug behind it, while the second, despite hitting what looks to be a 2-inch thick board sideways, managed to go right on through.
While the bullets were created with the help of a 3D printer,some prep work still needs to be done. You still need a primer and a metal slug at the end in order to help keep the direction straight. Even with their designs, one bullet managed to spin until it reached its destination, although the internal design of the bullet wasn't solid (rather, it had a fine honeycomb-like design). Still, it's a very impressive proof-of-concept, and as we're only in the early days of 3D printing, there's no doubt that the formula is going to be perfected over time.
Frankly, I am more than a little disgusted by all the attention 3D printed guns, and now bullets, are getting in the press. This exemplifies everything that is wrong with today's media. They sensationalize trivial absurdities that aren't really worth worrying about. Meanwhile, they neglect issues of true importance.
The Huffington Post says they are "terrifyingly easy to make." Supposing that is true, it is far more expensive and impractical to own a 3D printer, print the printable bullet components, purchase the non-printable components, and then assemble them, than it is to go down to Walmart and buy a box of bullets no questions asked. Ridiculous.
3D printing is already revolutionizing medicine. Yet, look at the disparity in news coverage.
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Nice, I own a mossberg 590, would love to test a few rounds for them :)
I linked to two previous articles on our site where 3D printing has been used for medical stuffs. We've had a ton of 3D printer coverage in general up to this point, and the focus has been varied.
I do see where you are coming from, though.
Sorry for the rant. It wasn't my intention to berate you or single out your particular article for condemnation. I apologize if it came across as such. I was just venting my frustration over the deplorable state of today's media. Your article was actually free from the typical fear mongering similar articles are rife with.
ill stick to my actual guns and rifles- they are good for more than a few shots while maintaining accuracy.
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