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Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:59 pm

do you guys think that if a Kevlar acrylic polymer barrel was made it would be able to fire a bullet?
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Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:17 pm

Acrylic has a pretty low melting point...
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:17 pm

Crap, i didn't know that, would that deterlin or what ever its called any better?
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Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:14 pm

Delrin.

This hybrid chamber has a Delrin endcap, hasn't melted or caught fire yet ;)
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Is that the stuff cutting boards are made of?
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dart guy wrote:Is that the stuff cutting boards are made of?
That would be HDPE or UHMW. Similar...
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:45 am

Nice fine! Not exactly a printer that will be on everyone's desktop by the end of the decade though ;)
hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:15 am

@Labtecpower. Very cool, but now every news agency in the world is going to be having fits about "printable metal guns". Great.
@Dart Guy. Unless you are doing low velocity or extremely loose-fitting projectiles, I doubt you'll be able to find any kind of plastic that will do the job. I guess high-speed, tight fitting potatoes would be OK, but anything else will wear down the barrel too fast for serious use. I don't know what that first "3D-printed gun" was made out of, but if you noticed, they had to replace the barrel after EVERY shot. I'd say even a hybrid spud-cannon probably puts a lot of wear on the barrel.
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:31 pm

mako wrote:@Labtecpower. Very cool, but now every news agency in the world is going to be having fits about "printable metal guns". Great.
Unlike plastic guns, the cost of the equipment needed to make this would buy you the stock of a small gun store.
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:44 pm

Unlike plastic guns, the cost of the equipment needed to make this would buy you the stock of a small gun store.
Very true. But the media really doesn't care much. If they can blow it into a good story, they will, regardless of the facts.
Look at that first plastic printed gun. The thing was UTTERLY useless; any backyard hobbyist could have built something better in less that an hour. But that didn't stop some enterprising journalist for getting some good publicity for his work.
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:47 pm

The guy who was promoting the gun made sure he gave the journalists wanted to hear. I don't think they can get too hysterical about this particular one though. Unless you'rein Manchester :roll: :D
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:52 pm

Lol. It WOULD be really handy for building prototype weapons.
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Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:22 am

mako wrote:It WOULD be really handy for building prototype weapons.
Exactly why we bought one, and it's being put to good use as we speak :)
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hectmarr wrote:You have to make many weapons, because this field is long and short life
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