Ever price a 3D printer that can only make crap plastic nick-nacks? About $3000.
You think that’s a lot of money? And what happens to electronic technology over time? Today, the average home can afford what was a $100K Xerox copier back in the 80’s.
How much do you think one that can precision make metallic objects let alone a gun that can shoot 40–60 rounds a minute will cost?
Well, let’s do some research:
An AR-15 in Every Home: 3D Gun Printer Cody Wilson on the Right to Resistance, Hacking the Media…
"It doesn't matter what the origins of the Second Amendment were," says Cody Wilson, creator of the first 3D-printed…
“Wilson is also pushing ahead with a new project: the Ghost Gunner, a do-it-yourself milling machine that allows anyone to construct an unregistered AR-15 rifle in less than four hours. The machine mills holes in an 80 percent completed metal lower receiver, and then users can attach the other components — easily available for purchase online — using common tools, nuts, and bolts to create a fully functional, unregistered military-grade weapon. The price tag on the Ghost Gunner is $1500, and Wilson says he’s already moved thousands of units.”
Not sure how much you know about the AR-15, but it’s a platform, not a specific firearm. So, if you’re a tech guy, the AR-15 = UNIX, and anyone can manufacture parts for it. Then, there’s a ton of compatible “distros” of the AR-15 platform, which anyone can manufacture to.
In short, the AR-15 is an open specification which there are thousands of manufacturers building parts for. So, if the 3-D printer part doesn’t scare you…..OK……but it, and other innovations like the Ghost Gunner should.
Hope that helps.