Shooting a 3D Printed Gun

Shooting a 3D Printed Gun

[MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Doctor North. [GUNSHOTS] I’m flying in to
Tucson, Arizona, to give the keynote to Additive
Manufacturing Users Group. These are the best of
the best of 3D printing, so you better believe I
have my camera with me but with my travel schedule
these skies aren’t always friendly. I’m sitting here with
cold chicken noodle soup, all these business cards is
all the people I just met. This guy– check this out. That’s his card. Made a 3D printed gun, and
shot a hole in his card. I’m gonna go shoot
the gun tomorrow. I enjoy guns. I enjoy all the stuff
that goes into making them work, because
it’s a little machine. It takes a spark. It takes fuel. It takes a little bit of air. The miniature explosions that
happen, much like an engine– being an engine, man, there’s
thousands of little explosions that go on. That’s cool stuff. He just started doing it in the
company without anyone knowing. Now it’s turned into a big hit
and everyone loves him for it. What could go wrong? You’re just printing a gun. And it wasn’t to produce
a better or cheaper 1911. Its sole purpose was
to prove the process for someone else’s
design, not ours. I mean, that’s John
Browning’s design. That design’s 100 years old. Take his design and bring
it into manufacturing today. I think John Browning would
have prototyped this way. All right, we’re
gonna test this thing? Yeah, let’s go the range. You were in the service? Yes. OK. What were you in? I was in the Navy–
did four years. I went to school to
fix diesel engines. They’re really big
on cross-training, so the other
trainings that I went for were the master at arms
training, which got me pretty heavily into the firearms bit. Fix an engine, put out a fire,
and then go shoot the bad guy. [GUN SHOTS] Now this gun was not made
with your everyday 3D printer. This was made with a
half-million dollar direct metal laser
sintering system. With DMLS, objects
are made layer by layer using a laser to
sinter a metal powder together. Sintering is a process where
many small particles are turned into one large
particle, or a solid. In this case a laser is used to
heat up the particles, giving the atoms enough mobility
so that they can rearrange, and then form one large
particle, or a solid. It’s pretty cool. It feels like such
an accomplishment to hit 100 round
intervals with this thing. I’ll let Doctor North
put the round 4,500 through the 3D printed 1911. All right. No pressure, man. No pressure. [GUN SHOT] Right through the “O.” That’s impressive. It’s exciting to me. I get wrapped up in when you
can start to combine technology, and really advanced
ways of doing things, with these old things have
been around for a long time. Plus, that’s a 45
caliber pistol. Yeah, it’s pretty
potent on the hand. Yeah. You got a little
mark, too, don’t you? A little love mark. Looks kind of like a
hickey, but from a 45. Guns and 3D printing:
what do you think? Let us know in the
comments, and make sure and click “subscribe”
so you don’t miss the next big
thing in the making. [MUSIC PLAYING]


  1. Yeah let me use my 1/2 million dollar printing machine to make a gun.

    This guy is such an idiot, he did nothing special, those types of 3d printers are routinely used to make special prototypes and are rapidly replacing machining shops.

    The real "accomplishment" he made was avoiding having to hire a bunch of metalworkers and machinist to make his replica gun, look at all the labor cost he saved and it was made in America. Meanwhile, the very people who are frothing at the mouth wanting one of these won't be able to afford to buy them as there won't be any jobs with enough income left.

    Great job……

  2. 3d printed guns was such BS. The retarded snowflakes lost their minds over it. LOL. What about 3d printed bombs and nukes?

  3. sinthered metal is a metal powder that is then heat fused instead of a molten alloy being smelted then poured and forged or cast. the problem is the ductility and the durability of sinthered metal is greatly reduced. in comparison to different casting and forging techniques

  4. I don't understand what is so bad about this. Your average criminal can't afford this. If he can, then hes a true villain.

  5. i see nothing wrong with it as long as its safe and meets the U.S FTA standards and is able for consumer standards

  6. the plastic mixes are getting better all the time, stronger, easier to fire bullets and the plastic isnt as brittle as it used to be …. we live in interested times malbro6161

  7. America: makes gun laws
    People: make their own guns
    America: suprised pikachu
    People: reality can be whatever i want

  8. Fucking click bait like this is what gets the Dems all crazy about 3D printing. Should have said 500K machine makes a cheap metal gun!

  9. It’s illegal to 3D print gun parts because people can use them to kill people. Metal detectors don’t detect plastic.

  10. Wow wish i could afford that printer lol well i think today ill make a gun and go hunting hunny get my laptop we eating tonight

  11. I think that if John Browning were around today he would make some absolute wonders with modern CNC and 3D printing. It's great to have this technology come into the firearms world.

  12. Amazing 😉
    It’s about using innovative solutions to keeping the country free.
    Firearms weather certain people like it or not, was what granted our freedom from a treasonous government. You have the freedoms you have based on patriots fighting and the “gun” like it or not.
    I think this technology is amazing 👍

  13. School shooters and bad guys are gonna have a field day with this, thanks to the guy who created the 3D printer.

  14. You barely even showed off the gun. I assume that the gun that we saw for the entire video was the gun but you never actually told us that didn't show us anyting or explain any of the parts that weren't 3D printed anyways thanks I guess

  15. Because of Trump the economy grows so fast, this 3-D printer will be affordable for a three-year-old in a few months.

  16. The sintering process is a die cast or hydrostatic process using heat and pressure and generally creates a hard but brittle ingot. So even if you can fise at the level you disciss. You could not produce a hardned Barrell or a spring with it without at least the hardening process and turning of the rifleing would need difficult to create in this manner. What outside processes did you do because without proper tolerances and hardening processes I don't believe you could make a part that would stand the pressure nor the general impact of the.slide and chambering the round would cause a failure without hardening. I can't buy the process as you have provided little insight as to the final process you had to mill and carve out some of the structure. Sorry I would love it if you are telling the truth. Otherwise good night.

  17. I was thinking dissemble a glock print each piece and have the color black then get s metal spring and barrel for a real glock then bam put it together easy put bullets in the clip and then I'm sure it would work

  18. If I were to be rich and have 20 million dollars can I buy this half a million dollar machine then buy a real 3d printer

  19. 3D printed guns are likely to become a problem in the not-too-distant tomorrow. However, I think that it would be foolish to try to solve the problem before it even manifests fully. It is very difficult to articulate legislation for a problem that is not yet fully understood, and it is very difficult to understand a problem that hasn't happened yet.

    What can you really do? Ban 3D printers? That wouldn't fly.

    Ban the exchange or creation of gun models for use in 3D printers? That won't stop anyone from simply making them. Guns aren't immensely complicated things, and anyone with Blender and a free afternoon could make one.

    It's a difficult problem to solve – if, indeed, people will be able to solve it at all.

  20. This is a new technology that you can use after the anti gun control takes our guns away then if anyone was smart enough to get and take copies of pictures of the registration papers and serial numbers off the gun in full detail that police take your gun away and punch in everything to make a new one without them knowing that you have the technology to make a copy of your old gun and let's face it cops are dumb as fuck and our law system is dumb as fuck of them thinking ""oh we took your gun away "" and you have no right to have or have any possession of your gun or guns think again dumb ass cops have you stopped to think I got a 3d printer that I'm smarter than you are and what the hell thinks your going to stop me from owning my own pistol or rifle or remake my pistol or rifle from a 3d printer as long as you got copies of everything and and a 3d printer that they can't stop you because it's called the constitution 2nd amendment right to bear arms so people start taking copies of pictures of your guns full details on a SD hard drive and keep it in your wallet at all times don't let nobody know you have it so when you can acquire a 3D printer and a computer lap top so you can remanufacture your gun from scratch seceretly after gun control takes over and takes our guns away then laugh at them in a few hours. Start remaking your copied gun and registration papers

  21. It would be a waste of a half million dollars if sintering couldnt produce a working firearm. Guns are pretty simple in the grand scheme of things. The materials just need to be robust enough to withstand the force of a gunshot. Your applications are limmited if you cant handel that. Im curious as to what variaty of metals can be printed (spring steel for example), and the lazer heat would likely effect the properties of the metal leading to heat treatment of components to correct this. Some metals also burn in atmosphere so a helium airtight enviroment? If this becomes more mainstream, prototypeing could become cheaper and more effortless than ever.

  22. I'm going to run right out and buy one of them darned newfangled machines… I need a new gun… lost mine down the outhouse hole… no worries… I'll get it back in about 3 years when it gets full enough to clean out… 🤣🙄😉

  23. This is cool and all but it is probably not safe! Remember, those are explosives you are discharging, and that gun probably doesn’t have a bore that a smith would call “precise.”

  24. I'll bet he did not make the barrel, the firing pin or any of the springs with his 3d printer. The simple fact is the term "3D printed gun" is a misleading phrase. Most semi-auto hand guns today have a primary component that is injection molded polymer (plastic) but still requires many steel components, most of them machined, and at least one of them heat treated. NO, you cannot produce a fully functional handgun in your 3D printer, even if you paid a billion dollars for it. We already went through this hoax in the past, with the claim that someone was making fully functional "plastic guns"… It turned out to be a plastic lower frame member with 9 steel components. people were actually afraid that someone could thwart the airport security and take a "fully functional gun" onboard a plane. It seems the only part they managed to "slip past security" was the plastic sub-frame. No barrel, no firing mechanism, no receiver and no ammo. In other words, no gun.

  25. There should be absolutely no restrictions on 3D printing of anything! Guns especially! Not everyone has a million dollar machine at their disposal. But, like all things that are technology, the price will drop dramatically, in the future

  26. 5yr after the video.

    File with info of making 3d gun disappear from computer infected with a virus. But just the gun files.

    Is that truth?

  27. Haven't even finished your vid but had to interrupt 😊 I Love it. John Moses Browning was imo the most intelligent genius engineer bar none! I live in Utah, (beautiful state, Good people) with acknowledged inventions of Mr. Browning. Water cooled machine guns, The BAR, 1911, Hi power… I could go on. I don't buy into his then mormon religion, cause it is beyond crazy to me. But this Man, will go down in history as maybe the greatest arms designer in history of America! Maybe the world!!! Deservedly so.🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷👍👍

  28. Don't even need 3D printers. In the Khyber Pass of Pakistan simple villagers have been churning out functional automatic firearms for a century, using primitive tools and with little access to modern knowledge. The general populace seems to think of guns as some incredibly complex future tech that only major industries of nation states are capable of making, when in truth they are a centuries-old technology, and the principles that let us move from muzzle-loaders to automatics are simple to understand and incorporate.

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