#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.