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World’s First 1911 3D Printed Metal Gun

November 9, 2013


I own several firearms.  Having shot a number of different calibers and  brands, both handguns and rifles, I honestly like the feel of the 1911.  It’s  one of the guns I carry.  It feels like a gun should feel.  It is heavy, of  course, but is a fantastic gun, plus it packs a mean punch.  Over the past year  new technology has been developed where people have been using 3D printers to  create all sorts of things, including firearms.  However, up until now, those  weapons have been made of plastic.  Today, I’ll show you the first 3D printed  metal gun.

The firm that created this particular weapon, Solid Concepts, have a turnaround  time of five days.


All of the parts are printed, including the barrel.  No machining was  performed to produce the parts, though some hand tools were used for post  processing.  The only parts not printed are the springs used in the 1911.


According to the Solid  Concepts blog, points out misconceptions about 3D printing:

Another common misconception about 3D Printing is that it’s limited to  desktop printers that can only extrude plastic filament. If I had the time, I  would do a complete yearlong series debunking all the myths and misconceptions  surrounding 3D Printing. Instead, our engineers went ahead and built something  that proves this technology beyond any doubt. So long sad disfigured Yoda  heads,  no more pretending like that’s going to cut it for this  industry.

Laser sintering is one of the most accurate manufacturing processes  available, and more than accurate enough to build the 3D Metal Printed  interchangeable and interfacing parts within our 1911 series gun. The gun  proves  laser sintering can meet tight tolerances. 3D Metal Printing has less  porosity  issues than an investment cast part and better complexities than a  machined  part. The barrel sees chamber pressure above 20,000 psi every time the  gun is  fired.  “We’re proving this is possible, the technology is at a  place now  where we can manufacture a gun with 3D Printing,” says Firestone. “As  far as we  know, we’re the only 3D Printing Service Provider with a Federal  Firearms  License (FFL). Now, if a qualifying customer needs a unique gun part  in five  days, we can deliver.”

I mentioned earlier this isn’t about desktop printers, and it’s not. The  industrial printer we used costs more than my college tuition (and I went to a  private university) and the engineers who run our machines are top of the line;  they are experts who know what they’re doing and understand 3D Printing better  than anyone in this business. Thanks to them, Solid Concepts is debunking the  idea that 3D Printing isn’t a viable solution or isn’t ready for mainstream  manufacturing. We have the right materials, and the right engineers who know  how  to best program and maintain these machines, to make 3D Printing accurate,  powerful and here to stay.

Once this concept is perfected, this will more than likely reduce the cost of  firearms and there is no doubt that individuals will be able to print their own  firearms without government involvement and without government registration.

Think of how many firearms one would be able to crank out for the price of  one in the store.  The more common the technology, the cheaper the prices will  be.

The free market will run with this, provided people like Senator Dianne  Feinstein and others don’t go usurping their authority in the marketplace.   However, we can count on them at least trying.

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