Hear What This 3-D Printing Industry Insider Thinks About 3-D Printing and Gun Control

Get an inside perspective on a hot-button issue.

Jul 17, 2014 at 2:02PM

A little more than a year ago, the world was taken by storm when Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed released a 3-D printable file of The Liberator, a .380 single-shot pistol, that could be made with a consumer plastic 3-D printer. At the time, Wilson sparked a heated debate around the proliferation of 3-D printing and gun control -- or lack thereof -- depending on where citizens stood on the issue. Since then, Stratasys-owned (NASDAQ:SSYS) Solid Concepts produced the world's first metal 3-D printed handgun, a .45 caliber 1911 pistol, using direct metal laser sintering, or DMLS, 3-D printing technology.

Solid Concepts

This handgun was 3-D printed.  Source: Solid Concepts.

Considering that Stratasys' Solid Concepts holds a federal firearms license, it's clearly not trying to stretch the existing framework of the law. Instead, Stratasys' Solid Concepts was more interested in 3-D printing a 1911 handgun for the purpose of demonstrating that DMLS is a highly capable 3-D printing technology. With more than 4,500 rounds fired, Stratasys' Solid Concepts has proven that DMLS-produced parts can be used for mission-critical applications.

In the following video, 3-D printing specialist Steve Heller asks Scott McGowan, vice president of marketing at Solid Concepts, to share his thoughts around the continued proliferation of 3-D printing, and the implications it may have on gun control. Going forward, Stratasys and 3-D printing investors should be aware that regulations could hurt overall adoption rates should the technology advance in terms of capabilities and affordability.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

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Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

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