Learn About Historic Firearm Design With A 3D Printer
May 21, The Rise of the 3D-Printed Gun The pandemic has disrupted supply lines across the country, and people are taking manufacturing into their own hands—including gun owners.
The gun, named after a famed World War II—era pistol, could be manufactured almost entirely at home, with a 3D printer. The U. Department of State soon intervened, sending a letter demanding that the plans be taken down, and the Liberator files were pulled off-line. But there was no putting the lightning back in that particular bottle. Since then, a cadre of designers have been creating, refining, and distributing their own 3D printing plans for firearms.
Chief among them is Deterrence Dispensed. Supplies of all manner of essentials have been running low, and for some people, those essentials include guns and ammunition. Several states have seen a run on gun stores, and sales have skyrocketed since the early days of the pandemic, spurred on by a bunker mentality, worries over societal unrest, and fears of federal overreach. At a time when ordinary consumers and state governors alike are looking for alternatives to strained supply chains, the example of 3D-printed guns raises profound questions: What happens when economic power becomes decentralized and when the means of production are seized on a small, individual scale?
When people have the ability to build what they need, what use will they have for government oversight? Gun control advocates will shudder at the idea of opening up access to these deadly tools, but it may already be too late.
But now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the technology has finally been democratized. At least, it was before the pandemic disrupted the supply chains between the United States and China.
The process by which a three-dimensional object is built, layer by layer, is elegant in its simplicity. On the more basic machines, you fire up the printer, add in the printing material usually some type of filament , load a computer-aided design, or CAD, file, and wait, watching as the design slowly builds itself into being. Until now, 3D printing has loomed over the public imagination on the basis of its novelty, not its utility.
As hospitals across the country face a severe shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers, first responders, and other staff, 3D printing technology has become an unexpected lifeline to those confronting the crisis head-on.
A number of major corporations including Ford, Toyota, and Nascar , universities , local businesses, and even high schools have begun manufacturing thousands of 3D-printed medical face shields , in an attempt to fill the void. The versatility of the medium has been a boon, as well: In Italy, a company invented a way to modify a snorkeling mask into a ventilator mask using a 3D-printed attachment.
Since April 3, workers at Makelab, a 3D printing company based in Brooklyn, have been churning out over 3D-printed face shields a day to donate to area hospitals. Meanwhile, four students at a preparatory school in Coconut Creek, Florida, have banded together to print more than 8, mask extenders for frontline workers in their area.
Jason Krause Jr. Facing a wave of racist violence spurred by government propaganda, Asian Americans have been buying guns in large numbers. The main connective tissue between the two, he says, is their shared appreciation for the idea of self-reliance and, one assumes, a disinterest in what the federal government thinks is appropriate in that respect.
Politicians have made fitful efforts to regulate 3D-printed firearms, and, in some instances, to ban them outright, but a lack of will from the federal government has left most of those efforts dead in the water. Still, the potential proliferation of unregulated guns constructed in basements across the country has continued to attract sporadic attention.
In March, a judge issued a preliminary ban on a new set of federal rules for 3D guns, on the grounds that they would have made it too easy for civilians to access gun design files.
For now, the Commerce Department and state officials will regulate —and, one assumes, crack down—on those distributing these files, while it remains legal for individuals to use them to print weapons parts at home.
Second Amendment absolutists and right-wing extremists are certainly a loud contingent in American culture and have always had a contentious relationship with centralized authority, but now everyone else does, too. There is a vacuum at the center, and we all know nature abhors a vacuum. It is the type of environment that allows subcultures on the fringe to flourish.
The only thing that seems safe to predict right now is that the future belongs to all three. Kim Kelly is a writer and organizer based in Philadelphia. Want more politics, health care, and media updates?
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Adopting 3D printing has allowed them to create such detailed replicas, that they have also been commissioned to create costumes for renowned game producers such as Bethesda , THQ Nordic and CD Projekt. Lightning Cosplay has created a range of Cyberpunk-inspired props including a Mantis blade from the upcoming game pictured.
Photo via Zortrax. Soon the precision of her ensembles drew attention from video game companies that were looking for companies to make costumes or props for promotional events, thus turning her hobby into a full-time job. Before the team started using 3D printers to create these outfits, they cut the costume elements from foam, or formed them from thermoplastic materials. With tight deadlines and demanding customers, an accurate and precise printer, such as the Zortrax Inkspire, improves the design process greatly and allows us to achieve better results.
Photo via Lightning Cosplay. These references are fed into the Blender open-source modeling software, yielding a 3D model of the costume, which is then divided into smaller pieces, ready to be fabricated using both LPD and UV LCD 3D printers.
According to Zimmermann, the costume elements are produced using default settings, because a manual set up for each piece would be too time-consuming. The upgraded device allowed the duo to produce more accurate elements, with a final height of less than 2 cm, and a precision of 0. These small and sophisticated pieces could not be produced with knives or standard extrusion-based machines, and allowed the team to add tiny elements to improve their costumes.
Using the Inkspire 3D printer has also allowed the pair to start producing figurines, accessories and clothing items inspired by video games and extended their cooperation with retail customers. Offering their merchandise online has proved to be an essential form of revenue for the company during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Many of the events where the company usually presents its costumes have been canceled, and orders for many new costumes have been postponed or suspended.
Zimmermann and Jansen now use a Zortrax Inspire 3D printer pictured to produce many of their costumes and props. In July for instance, Zortrax helped to refine the design of the Photon educational robot by 3D printing 25 prototype versions of the bot using its M 3D printer. Additionally, the company prototyped numerous 3D printed parts for the Polish electric motorbike brand Felectra in July You can now nominate for the 3D Printing Industry Awards.
Looking for a job in the additive manufacturing industry? Visit 3D Printing Jobs for a selection of roles in the industry. Featured image shows a Cyberpunk inspired costume and prop designed and produced by Lightning Cosplay.
Zortrax 3D printers used to create Cyberpunk 2077 inspired cosplay outfits
Turning Your AR-15 into an M-16
When people have the ability to build what they need, what use will they have for government oversight?
Gun control advocates will shudder at the idea of opening up access to these deadly tools, but it may already be too late. But now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the technology has finally been democratized. At least, it was before the pandemic disrupted the supply chains between the United States and China.
The process by which a three-dimensional object is built, layer by layer, is elegant in its simplicity. On the more basic machines, you fire up the printer, add in the printing material usually some type of filamentload a computer-aided design, or CAD, file, and wait, watching as the design slowly builds itself into being. Until now, 3D printing has loomed over the public imagination on the basis of its novelty, not its utility.
As hospitals across the country face a severe shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers, first responders, and other staff, 3D printing technology has become an unexpected lifeline to those confronting the crisis head-on. A number of major corporations including Ford, Toyota, and Nascaruniversitieslocal businesses, and even high schools have begun manufacturing thousands of 3D-printed medical face shieldsin an attempt to fill the void.
The versatility of the medium has been a boon, as well: In Italy, a company invented a way to modify a snorkeling mask into a ventilator mask using a 3D-printed attachment. Since April 3, workers at Makelab, a 3D printing company based in Brooklyn, have been churning out over 3D-printed face shields a day to donate to area hospitals.
3D Printed Auto-Sear for Glock Handguns Released
To any idiot smart enough to hold a Dremel, these things are purpose-made illegal auto-sears. Nothing more. They are the most anti-American alphabet agency in the government. How many functioning full automatic firearms were recovered?
He must spend thousands of hard earned dollars to fight big brother. Big brother uses our money to fight Mr. Ervin, fine, if big brother loses they can refile after delving deeper into the activities of an innocent American. Investors may scatter the next time someone with a firearm oriented product appeals to them for startup bucks. I feel that the guvamint knows this and banks on it.
That would be hilarious. Wait, you thought about how to convert a semi-auto to full-auto one time…place your hands behind your back and quit resisting….
ATF Arrests Florida Man for Selling Metal Drawing of Full Auto ‘Lightning Link’
However, the Government does not realistically seek a conviction as much as it seeks to financially ruin or compel the accused to plead out or surrender, thus achieving the same result as a conviction. Their actions now show just how really afraid of us they have become. Members of the BAR, owe their business to England, not the free world. OBTW, W. C, and Congress in session; only has law for themselves, while IN, W.
Law, is simply, commercial contracts; all the time. The commercial product in question, is a commercial product; thus restraint of trade. If you have a commercial bolt carrier, or even an M carrier, these will need to be milled to work with the Lightning Link. Lastly, the Lightning Link is a fragile piece of hardware. How it Works In semi-auto mode, the hammer is cocked as the bolt carrier moves rearward.
When the carrier returns to the forward position, the hammer is held in this position by the sear located on the forward part of the trigger catching in the sear notch, on the hammer.
Using one in a modern rifle requires some tuning and other work. Because the trigger is being held back, the disconnector hook is pushed forward and in position to catch the hammer, preventing it from following the carrier forward.
When the trigger is released, the hammer moves from under the disconnector hook and is caught by the trigger sear in the hammer sear notch, making it necessary to pull the trigger for each shot.
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When the trigger is held rearward, the sear is below the arc of the hammer notch. The only thing holding the hammer in the cocked position is the disconnector. The Lightning Link works by pulling the disconnector to the rear and releasing the hammer. The upright portion sits between the rear takedown pin post of the upper and the bolt carrier. When the bolt carrier strikes the top of the link, the bottom portion swivels to the rear, moving the body of the link rearward and releases the hammer from the disconnector hook.
As the trigger is held rearward, the movement of the bolt carrier continuously cocks the hammer and forward movement of the carrier strikes the upright of the link as the bolt locks in battery, releasing the hammer, and firing the rifle.
The sear stops the hammer in the cocked position when the trigger is released. Swift Link At first glance, the Swift Link appears to be a little more robust than the Lightning Link and seems to be more user-friendly regarding compatibility with different lower receivers.