world's first 3D printed metal gun successfully fires 50 bullets
world’s first 3D printed metal gun successfully fires 50 rounds of bullets
all images courtesy solid concepts
3D printing service leader solid concepts has manufactured the world’s first 3D printed metal gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals. the semi-automatic pistol is based off the design of a classic 1911 and has already successfully fired over 50 rounds of bullets without breaking. the fire-weapon is constructed with 33 17-4 stainless steel and inconel 625 components, and features a carbon-fiber filled nylon hand grip.
‘the whole concept of using a selective laser sintering process to 3D print a metal gun revolves around proving the reliability, accuracy and usability of metal 3D printing as functional prototypes and end use products,‘ says kent firestone, vice president of additive manufacturing at solid concepts. ‘it’s a common misconception that 3D Printing isn’t accurate or strong enough, and we’re working to change people’s perspective.’
detail of the 3D printed .45 caliber pistol
world’s first 3D printed metal gun
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