A century-old weapon design made by 3D printing


Not so long ago we signaled the intention to Lockheed Martin to incorporate 3d printing in their production lines. We are now witnessing another breakthrough in the 3d printing technology, this time with a smell of gunpowder. Solid concepts, a company of Texas, United States, successfully created via additive manufacturing a pistol that was designed a century ago by John Browning – M1911.

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Kent fire stone, vice president of additive manufacturing at Solid concepts, said: “We are proving that it is possible, the technology is now in a place where we can make a weapon with 3D printing on metal. And we do it legally. In fact, to our knowledge, we are the only ones 3d printing Service provider with a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Now, if a qualifying customer needs a unique gun part within five days, we can deliver it. “

3D-Printed-Metal-Gun-Components-Disassembled-Low-Res[Image Source: Solid Concepts]

More … than 30 the gun components were fabricated using a laser sintering process. The company states that 3d printed parts are less porous than cast metal parts. It is noteworthy that the weapon fired successfully.
“The whole concept of using a laser sintering process to 3d printing a metal gun revolves around proving the reliability, accuracy and ease of use of metal 3d printing as functional prototypes and end-use products ”, states Stone of fire. “It is a very common misconception that 3d printing is not specific or strong enough, and we are working to change people’s perspective.

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