World's First 3-D-Printed Bullets Join A Growing DIY Arsenal

In a YouTube video, a gun enthusiast shows off shotgun slugs he claims came from a 3-D printer.

The growing arsenal of 3-D-printed weapons now includes homemade bullets. As highlighted by the Daily Dot, a Tennessee man recently posted a YouTube video demonstrating what kind of damage can be done (hint: a lot) by the plastic shell, created by 3-D-printing enthusiast Tony Griffy.

The fact that the plastic bullet is fired from a real gun is a twist on the approach you're probably more familiar with: a real bullet being shot from a 3-D-printed gun. That gun, dubbed "The Liberator," was first created by Defense Distributed, a firm that fashioned the weapon almost entirely from ABS plastic, using an $8,000 3-D printer.

The Liberator got a makeover this week when a fan took its blueprints and fashioned a $25 mostly-plastic pistol capable of shooting nine rounds, using a more affordable, consumer-grade Lulzbot printer.

The Liberator has garnered its fair share of criticism, with opposition from anti-gun supporters who fear the DIY weapons could fall into the wrong hands. It's reasonable to assume 3-D-printed bullets will be subject to similar criticism.

As the idea of 3-D home printing becomes more accessible than ever, do you think there should be regulations on what DIY printers should and shouldn't be allowed to create? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Oreo

    Why would someone waste time printing slugs when they could cast them faster?  Nothing to worry about with this.  You can't print the whole cartridge together, so I don't really see a problem with this.  People have been able to make their own cartridges since they were invented.

  • G. White.

    Any weapon regardless where it comes from is a problem. We all want the "future" and many people are waiting for the "Startrek" gismos like Replicators. Well, they are here now and no amount of rules or regulations will stop people doing what they want with them. At the moment the parts are made of plastic but what is going to happen when SLS (selective laser sintering) machines become more affordable? Then people will be manufacturing all kinds of wierd an wonderful things at home.

  • NoahLittle

    There isl difference here, than just "stuffing small nuts/bolts into the end of a 12 GA shotgun shell.  I'm  cool, fun, interesting, but largely irrelevant to 3-D printing."  If anything, you managed to created an ABS sabot.  Oh, and fuel the liberal fire for banning 3-D printed guns.  "Gasp!  Now they can print bullets too!"

  • gimmer

    The printed (ABS?) slug was merely the vehicle for what did the actual damage: the lead shot. Without that, a pellet rifle would be more dangerous.

  • Tayloe Marketing

    Just silly. The cost and effectiveness of a 3D bullet all but prohibits it from being an alternative to the real thing. When will liberals learn that it doesn't take a bullet and/or gun to kill? Look at the recent attack in London and look at the thousands (4,599 in 2010, source FBI: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezas... ) of murders in the USA that happen with OUT a gun. There are more than you'd think.

    In other words..move along people, nothing to see here, nothing at all...