The novelty of 3D printing is getting yet more novel. In an attempt to legitimize the convenience the technology brings, an American (who else?) additive manufacturing firm has printed a working metal handgun that is the first of its kind.
Solid Concepts, a California-based 3D printing company, created all of the more than 30 parts to their handgun with stainless steel and a custom-made alloy. The laser-sintered firearm was based on a classic model from 1911, the 45ACP.
Building each part entailed powdered metals interacting with a high-intensity laser. According to a spokesperson for the firm, the gun “functions beautifully and has already handled 50 rounds of successful firing.” Technological advances aside, hopefully this won’t throw any kinks into the vital realm of gun control reform.