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Old November 8th, 2013, 05:52 PM
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Still very bleeding edge. They're not printing and putting it together with a perfect gun. The risk is high.
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Still very bleeding edge. They're not printing and putting it together with a perfect gun. The risk is high.
Give it a couple of years.
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Give it a couple of years.
I would hope that no one would assemble a gun from a 3d printer, metal or not, without putting it through extensive testing and validation before even thinking about using it.

In Traveller terms, I'm suggesting we're a tech level off production at best.
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When they can 3d print the ammo its really time to worry.
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When they can 3d print the ammo its really time to worry.
Is that a bad thing or good thing. Actually it should come first for certain types.
The gov't has been buying extraordinary amounts of ammunition. This would bring the price back down.
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Nope. It'll be ready during our current TL. My Bro-in-Law works as a VP QA for a large Defense contractor and they are only 2-5 years away for this level of production.
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... and yet it will be 2025 before we will be ready to launch an Apollo class spacecraft beyond LEO. [sigh]
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No, they haven't. The primary causes of the shortage are:
1. hording by individuals
2. Co-op/purchasing clubs buying large stockpiles of ammunition for re-sale to members.

At a recent gun show in Utah I saw multiple examples of such groups having large amounts of ammo for sale "to members only". Several of them had literature boasting of the large quantities of ammunition they had "in our warehouse, to guarantee we can meet future demand".
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No, they haven't. The primary causes of the shortage are:
1. hording by individuals
2. Co-op/purchasing clubs buying large stockpiles of ammunition for re-sale to members.

At a recent gun show in Utah I saw multiple examples of such groups having large amounts of ammo for sale "to members only". Several of them had literature boasting of the large quantities of ammunition they had "in our warehouse, to guarantee we can meet future demand".
Yes. They have.
I have no doubt that is occurring too. Not unlike real estate in some respects. The antigun scare is driving up sales.
Fact is that one of my old work friends with a clear view of the entire industry informed me of this activity. Listen to it. Ignore it...I don't care.

Back to 3d Printing:
I have no doubt 3d printed weapons are on the horizon. This should take an interesting turn. If anything I believe an improvement and more diverse manufacturing is around the corner. The innovative designs could be very interesting. It will be a while before a standard home printer is going to be kicking out AK47's. Even then it will be a long time before assembly can occur without adequate safe, testing before use. The success in printing rocket parts is a clear indicator that this technology is going to have huge benefits.
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