making me wonder why nobody ever uses fiberglass to mass-produce guns when it’s lighter and just as strong.
Hard plastic is not as tough as metal; and fiberglass, ceramics and composites are not as ductile as metal so that barrel will blow up faster than a metal one due to fatigue.
I know there are metal 3D printers in the US like any other hi-tech country. I know it’s not been widely used for manufacturing. But it will be the trend in the future because of resource limitation and further decrease of production cost.
We’ve had metal 3D printers here in the US for a while now. They just haven’t ever been used for gun printing as far as I’m aware.
Actually it was first done, so far as I know, in 2013. The manufacturer was a company called Solid Concepts–shortly thereafter bought up by an Israeli conglomerate called Stratasys that spent the 2010s buying up every company in the 3D printing business they could. Anyway, they used a 3D printer that works by using lasers to weld together very fine particles of 17-4 stainless steel powder to make the parts of the gun, then assembled it and put videos on the Internet, for publicity. I don’t know whether anyone else has 3D printed a metal firearm but it wouldn’t astonish me. I have these recurring mental images of 3D printed metal suppressors.
Not giving up quite yet. This may turn into Bush v Gore on steroids though, unfortunately. At the moment I’m just glad I have what I do have. Thinking more positively, I’m contemplating what I could sell off for a nice hefty sum if panic buying is going to set it.