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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Future of Things for Guns...

#1 Blogdaughter put me in touch with an associate of hers. This enterprising young chap has a 3D printer, and started a weekend project to make shotshell holders with it. Here's what he's got so far:


3D Printing has intrigued me, especially as it pertains to firearms and firearms accessories. Right now the process is in its infancy, with the plastic still extrudes layer by layer and has a somewhat striated look to it. It's not hard to look down the road and see the process refined, the machines streamlined, the printing process improved so that the finished product looks remarkably similar to that currently produced by traditional methods.

And then what? You can model up the exact AR-15 pistol grip that fits your hand, a new magazine (10-round only for MA!), or a complete stock. We've seen AR-15 lowers printed on 3D printers. It's entirely possible you'll be able to design, print, and finish your own firearm - or an entire armory - with little more than a barrel blank and a good 3D printer.

Back to Nancy's associate, for a moment. Looking at the smaller picture, this is a golden opportunity to see the birth of a new enterprise. He and I have chatted briefly in e-mail, and I'd like to interview him with regards to the process for a future post. Right now, though, he's curious what folks would like to see both in shotshell holders but in the "next step" - now that we've got these neato shotshell holders, what do we do with them?

What would you like to see as the "next step" in the "Print Your Own Shotshell Holder" project?

That is all.

5 comments:

Lupis42 said...

I'd like to print my own speed-loaders, particularly for my break-action double.

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Rifleman762 said...

Moon clips, picatinny rail covers, flashlight mounts, mag holders for IDPA/USPSA, AR handguards...the list goes on...

Geodkyt said...

AFG type deal with an integral 1" flashlight well.

Wally said...

Well the hobby printers are still kind of low resolution, but I have done some commercial stuff (cheap enough really) that are top notch quality. I thought I showed you and -Fi one of the parts when you were up for the Kriss.

I do a bit of commercial stuff, great results.

But there ARE metal-based printers on the market. I am sorta kicking around ideas of maybe giving one a new home - is there a market for Titanuim lowers? Well maybe !