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Company Creates 3-D Printed Metal Handgun, Fires Bullets (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Solid Concepts, based in Austin, Texas, has re-created almost an entire 1911 pistol with a 3-D printer and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology.

The metal gun is made of 33 different stainless steel and Inconel components, as well as a carbon fiber filled nylon handgrip, reports CNET.com.

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According to RawStory.com, the recoil and firing springs were not produced with the 3-D printer.

Solid Concepts uploaded a video (below) of the 3-D printed gun and its test firings. The company claims there have been "50 rounds of successful firing."

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According to another video (below) by Solid Concepts, the 3-D printer tells the DMLS machine "exactly where to sinter the metal material. The data is then transferred to the DMLS equipment."

"We're proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D Metal Printing," Solid Concepts vice president of additive manufacturing, Kent Firestone, said in a press release.

"And we're doing this legally," added Firestone. "In fact, as far as we know, we're the only 3-D Printing Service Provider with a Federal Firearms License. Now, if a qualifying customer needs a unique gun part in five days, we can deliver."

"It's a common misconception that 3-D Printing isn't accurate or strong enough, and we're working to change people's perspective," stated Firestone.

Sources: SolidConcepts.com, CNET.com, RawStory.com