Carlton ReidAug 2, 2018
3D-printed guns are crude compared to 3D printed bikes and parts
Internet shopping impacts on bike shops because of discounting, but so far nobody has created plans for a bike you can print at home. Not so for guns – a United States judge has this week blocked the publication of blueprints for 3D-printed firearms.
The US Attorney General announced on Monday that he was leading a lawsuit with several other states against the downloadable gun blueprints.
This is mainstreaming the subject of 3D-printed products. It’s not a new technology – the first 3D or “sterolithographic” printer was created in 1984. And now “additive manufacturing” is being used to create body organs, pasta, houses, trainer textiles, cars, and, yes, bikes.