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A Greater Challenge to Gun Laws: New Technologies, Like 3D Printing

Fri December 21 2012 3:00 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=57298
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Cody Wilson, a University of Texas Law Student, talks about the capability to make a gun with a 3D printer, even though it is not legal to make a complete gun.

A stranger twist in the national conversation of preventing gun violence. There is technology that is closer to reality that will bring the capability to print guns with 3D manufacturing printers. Even if the software for gun templates was illegal, how difficult would it be to detect or regulate the distribution of the software to make guns?

Does the future mean guns can be made with 3D material printers? Downloading a gun design to your computer, building it with a three-dimensional printer that uses plastics and other materials, and firing it minutes later is closer to reality. No background checks, no questions asked. Sound far-fetched? It’s not.

3D printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct when it is compared to traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes) which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as lathing, cutting and drilling.

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