Pages

Jump to bottom

6 comments

1 Political Atheist  Sat, Dec 22, 2012 6:38:12pm

This should be renewed. I don't think it's a near term threat for a regular pistol or rifle, an awful lot of parts still have to be steel. But as a single use hide away gun I could see it being made. Ceramic etc.

2 researchok  Sat, Dec 22, 2012 7:06:37pm

I can see the computers in Tijuana now.

Like the pharmacies.

3 lostlakehiker  Sat, Dec 22, 2012 7:15:56pm

For single-use, hardened leather, banded and reinforced, would suffice for a barrel. The Swedes actually used that for artillery a few centuries ago. It was the first truly mobile field artillery.

The problem, I guess, would be the bullet. Anything dense enough to serve as a bullet will be dense enough to show up on an x-ray.

Single-use weapons without metal parts can easily be without high tech. The snag is that without steel or something of similar strength and flexibility, your barrel will fail after a very few uses. And maybe on the first use.

4 goddamnedfrank  Sun, Dec 23, 2012 12:26:55am

You're also likely to need metal for the hammer/striker spring and both recoil and magazine springs if semi automatic. Plastic and acrylic materials have a pretty shitty Young's modulus, modulus in torsion (shear strength), and tensile strength.

5 KiTA  Sun, Dec 23, 2012 2:57:56am

re: #3 lostlakehikerThe problem, I guess, would be the bullet. Anything dense enough to serve as a bullet will be dense enough to show up on an x-ray

You're assuming bludgeoning damage -- that the mass is needed. What if instead of a traditional bullet they fire sharp ammo -- needles or arrowheads, of a style?

While more susceptible to body armor, a "gun" that fires what amounts to razor blades or other such shrapnel would be devastating to soft targets (flesh, for example) -- and said shrapnel could be made thin enough that it wouldn't appear on an xray.

Having said that, I think 3D Printing will be banned long before this particular use becomes mainstream -- although this may be the justification they use to neuter this new technology.

Because if I can download an iPod and make it at my Fab@Home or RepRap station, why in the world would I buy a real one made by slave labor in China?

For reference, some home 3D Printer kits:
[Link: www.fabathome.org...] Fab(ricate) at Home, the first home 3D Printer project I know of.
[Link: reprap.org...] RepRap. Project Thesis: "Human Technology has Progressed to the point that a Von Neumann Self Replicating Machine is possible to create." A project designed to make a 3D Printer capable of printing... Itself.
[Link: www.makerbot.com...] Makerbot: They make a basic kit that is very popular, and is spun off of the above two projects.

6 lostlakehiker  Sun, Dec 23, 2012 9:00:36am

re: #5 KiTA

The problem, I guess, would be the bullet. Anything dense enough to serve as a bullet will be dense enough to show up on an x-ray

You're assuming bludgeoning damage -- that the mass is needed. What if instead of a traditional bullet they fire sharp ammo -- needles or arrowheads, of a style?

While more susceptible to body armor, a "gun" that fires what amounts to razor blades or other such shrapnel would be devastating to soft targets (flesh, for example) -- and said shrapnel could be made thin enough that it wouldn't appear on an xray.

Having said that, I think 3D Printing will be banned long before this particular use becomes mainstream -- although this may be the justification they use to neuter this new technology.

Because if I can download an iPod and make it at my Fab@Home or RepRap station, why in the world would I buy a real one made by slave labor in China?

For reference, some home 3D Printer kits:
[Link: www.fabathome.org...] Fab(ricate) at Home, the first home 3D Printer project I know of.
[Link: reprap.org...] RepRap. Project Thesis: "Human Technology has Progressed to the point that a Von Neumann Self Replicating Machine is possible to create." A project designed to make a 3D Printer capable of printing... Itself.
[Link: www.makerbot.com...] Makerbot: They make a basic kit that is very popular, and is spun off of the above two projects.

3D printing doesn't have, and won't in the foreseeable future have, the ability to lay down billions of microscopic transistors. Nowhere close.

But just to suppose, what if we got to a technology where a MagicBox could take as input dirt and a tiny supply of trace elements, and output anything, however complex, and do it quickly?

Including itself? Or babies? Or trained soldiers? Well, everything would be different. All topics currently on our collective agenda would be moot.


This page has been archived.
Comments are closed.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
‘Exodus’ From Puerto Rico: A Visual Guide Before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, there already was an unprecedented migration from the Caribbean island to the mainland United States -- at least in part because of the US commonwealth's financial crisis. After the storm, ...
Sea Mexican!
6 hours, 11 minutes ago
Views: 98 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 6
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Live From Daryl’s House - ‘I’m Alright’On this episode of Live From Daryl's House, Kenny Loggins drops by to get "Footloose" with Daryl and his band.
Thanos
6 hours, 26 minutes ago
Views: 65 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Author Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood to Cambridge Ph.D. As a girl, Westover says, "There wasn't ever any question about what my future would look like: I would get married when I was 17 or 18, and I would be given some corner of the farm and my ...
Thanos
20 hours, 32 minutes ago
Views: 161 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 4
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Florida Republicans Choose Unregulated Murder Weapons Over Children’s LivesI keep drilling this to everyone who discusses this shooting. Republicans value ownership of unregulated murder weapons over children's lives. So much so that they voted along party lines with Stoneman Douglas students watching they voted to decline debate on ...
TDG2112
1 day, 4 hours ago
Views: 192 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Bounds to Record-Shattering $218M-Plus Bow In a defining moment for Hollywood, Disney and Marvel Studios' Black Panther exploded at the Presidents Day box office, bounding to a record-shattering estimate of $192 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $218 million-plus for the four-day ...
Thanos
3 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 403 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Brandi Carlile - the Joke (Official Video) From the album "By The Way, I Forgive You" available now. elektrar.ec Directed by Danny Clinch Produced by Lindha Narvaez for MILKT Choreography by Peter Leung Ballet sequence filmed by Middle Table Productions Connect with Brandi: brandicarlile.com facebook.com @brandicarlile ...
Thanos
4 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 456 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Belonged to White Supremacist GroupThis my surprised face.... BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz, alleged perpetrator in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was associated with white supremacist group Republic of Florida & participated in the group’s training exercises, according to the group’s leader. More info: ...
Scottish Dragon
6 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 617 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Your Medicine Cabinet Knows What AIls Youblog.timesunion.com HOFFMAN FILESYour medicine cabinet knows what ails you.By Rob Hoffman on February 15, 2018 at 5:27 AM1We all fancy ourselves experts when it comes to the human condition. We see our fellow human beings as open books, and we ...
rhoffman
6 days, 16 hours ago
Views: 606 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
A.G. Schneiderman Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against the Weinstein Companies, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today filed suit against The Weinstein Company (“TWC”), Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein for egregious violations of New York’s civil rights, human rights, and business laws. The suit, filed ...
Thanos
1 week, 3 days ago
Views: 1,315 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 5 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 2
Comments: 0
: 2
Portugal. The Man - Keep on (Official Video) Portugal. The Man - Keep On Video conceptualized, created and directed by Paulin RoguesFollow Paulin at instagram.com Catch Portugal. The Man on tour:portugaltheman.com WOODSTOCK available now!atlantic.lnk.to Follow Portugal. The ManWebsite: portugaltheman.comFB: facebook.com IG: instagram.comTW: @portugalthemanSC: SoundCloudYT: youtube.comTumblr: portugaltheman.tumblr.com ...
Thanos
1 week, 4 days ago
Views: 1,418 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0