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June 27th, 2013 - 5:23 am

Worried about accidentally 3D printing a gun? New software will prevent it.

First of all: No, duh. And I can’t believe that apparently we’re going to have to expand range safety instruction to include a lesson about how every 3D printer is loaded.

Look, there is nothing about firearms that should ever happen on accident, and it’s nannystate anti-gun nuts who make such education too limited or too difficult to obtain.

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All this concern about "accidentally printing a gun"? Oops, I hit PRINT and meant to print a mug, but I print a gun by mistake, whatever will I do?

Nonsense and other comments. As I understand it, 3D printers don't print guns; they print gun parts, which are then assembled. If you don't like what's being printed destroy it.

(Upcoming lucrative business opportunity -- the 3D plastic equivalent of paper shredders, for those who keep printing 3D objects by mistake. How many times have you printed 3 copies of something when you only needed one? How many times has my cat thought it was nice to sit on the "copy" button of my copier?)

The point, to risk overstating the blindingly obvious, is NOT to prevent you from printing a gun you didn't want. The point is to prevent you from printing the gun you DID want. Lots of people simply don't like guns, and see anything that gets in the way of guns as A Good Thing.

(They see it as obvious, too -- guns kill people, which is bad, so stopping guns is good. But it's not that simple. If you're 5'2", or disabled, or elderly, or any combination of the above, and your attacker(s) are not -- and will not leave you alone no matter what you say -- then a gun can save your life.)

Bad guys have always had access to guns, and always will. The question is whether the good guys will have guns to stop them with.
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"Upcoming lucrative business opportunity..."

The market has already answered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPDLX0koXFs
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"Software will prevent it"

Let's think about that statement. It's called "software" because it can be modified.
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Fine by me. I can make a better gun with common hand tools than someone can with a 3D printer, anyway. The 3D printer stuff is much ado abou nothing. Go look at what guys with hammers and files are doing in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and indeed have been doing for generations. 3D printing is useful for prototyping parts and testing fitment, as it's much cheaper than making big pieces of metal into little ones. However, when it comes to any practical tool in this context, that's exactly what you need to do.

Anyway, with that said: " there is nothing about firearms that should ever happen on accident"

... I wouldn't go so far as to say nothing. Accidental -use-, yes. However, flaws happen. Overcharges happen. Sometimes malfunctions can have unpleasant side effects. It's rare in this day and age, but it does happen, as it does with any piece of machinery.
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Can't 3-D print ammunitions. They are going to control ammunitions: ration, tax, register to buy.

Frankly, what can you do when the IRS guys smash your door with their AR-15s? Their guns are bigger than yours. They can shoot you by mistake, you know.
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It's all fun and games until gun-blockers are *required* on your printer.
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which will be soon in NY
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