This is a test video of what's allegedly the first fully 3-D printed plastic gun (previously: an AR-15 with 3-D printed receiver) firing a bullet and not shattering to pieces in the shooter's hands like I expected. PROTIP: Never bring a plastic fork to a knife fight. I've never tasted so much of my own blood before.
...Wilson's weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin.
The verdict: it worked. The Liberator fired a standard .380 handgun round without visible damage, though it also misfired on another occasion when the firing pin failed to hit the primer cap in the loaded cartridge due a misalignment in the hammer body, resulting in an anti-climactic thunk.
So yeah, apparently 3-D printed guns are right around the corner. Possibly waiting to take your wallet and purse. Which is exactly why I don't carry a wallet. Keep your money in your man-bra -- that's what I do. "Man-bra?" I meant to say shoe.
Hit the jump for the video.
Thanks to Evil Ares (two tips in a row, bro -- you're mad evil!) and Dubin, who refuse to 3-D print weapons because they like to forge them from magic the way swordsmiths and magicians would to get together to do in medieval times.