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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 12:52 PM

 

With ‘Safe Haven,’ Desktop Weaponeers Resume Work on 3D-Printed Guns

Progress continues.

It'll be interesting just to see how much of their design is really practical or feasible.


Three weeks after a group of desktop gunsmiths had its leaded 3D printer seized by the digital manufacturing firm that owned it, the weaponeers have quietly restarted plans to build a gun entirely of printed parts. The group has also begun expanding their operation with outside help, including space for ballistics testing provided by a mysterious firm involved in the defense industry.

Cody Wilson, founder of the Wiki Weapon project, tells Danger Room that the unnamed company’s owner “wanted to offer me a safe haven, basically.” Wilson describes the company as a “private defense firm” in San Antonio, Texas, but the company’s owner is wary of negative publicity and Wilson doesn’t want to reveal the firm’s name without consent.

“We’ve got basically a space where we can do experiments. Ballistics, basically. So it’s not quite a range — we’ve got a range — but we’ve got floor space where we can literally test the guns and set up instrumentation,” Wilson says.

A second unnamed company has also stepped in to volunteer manufacturing space. That company works with 3D printers and is based in a light industrial district in nearby Austin, where Wilson lives.



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ileus Oct 2012 #2
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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:04 PM

1. Sounds like a step in Ruger's "lost wax" system

Wherein the wax duplicate of a part is sprayed with several thin layers of ceramic-like material. This thin shell can withstand the heat of molten chrome moly. When cool, the shell is broken away. The layering is the thing.

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Fri Oct 26, 2012, 09:34 AM

2. Sounds like Kel-Tec

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Response to ileus (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:05 AM

3. I was going to say Olympic arms.

All they need to do is replace every 5th person working on it, with an angry beaver, and there you go.

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Response to ileus (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:19 PM

4. Kel-Tec is in the Florida. I was thinking LaRue or one his buddies. nt

 

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