In the last couple of years, 3D printers have gotten a lot of attention. Numerous sorts of objects can be printed using 3D printers and they have, including guns and artificial limbs. There was a rise in interest for 3D printed guns and in the last eighteen months, a lot of experiments were conducted using various materials and techniques that eventually made it possible to create a functioning gun.
But because plastic is not capable of supporting an explosive blast, the printed guns are still unsafe for human use. Using one of these 3D printed guns would put the shooter in danger.
However, Michael Crumling from New York, is a 25 years old machinist that is about to change all this. His unprecedented and unconventional idea allowed him to create handmade bullets made out of lead. He built his reusable bullet using lead shells. This means that the bullet is capable of containing the entire force of the blast instead of passing it through the frame of the weapon.
This method of his could also improve the reusability of 3D printed guns.
“It’s a really simple concept: It’s kind of a barrel integrated into the shell, so to speak. Basically it removes all the stresses and pressures from the 3-D printed parts. You should be able to fire an unlimited number of shots through the gun without replacing any parts other than the shell. “
Crumling has made an announcement in which he said that he will soon start selling his product online. He calls his invention the “.314 Atlas round”. The materials used on it cost about twenty-seven cents and it takes just about an hour to build. Michael is just beginning his way in designing printable 3D fully and semi-automatic weapons.
Although this is a step forward in the age of 3D printed weapons, officials are still concerned about the safety of these 3D guns. In fact, they are so concerned that they are trying to stop the manufacturing of these weapons.
Andrew Scipione, police commissioner in New South Wales, Australia says that:
“No matter what end of this gun you can be on, you could die”