While Solid Concepts has a hard time coming up with a valid reason for 3D printing guns, the company easily announces a new 3D printed metal gun, called The Reason. It is the follow-up of their first gun, the 1911. They created the gun by melting metal powder with a laser, a technique called ‘sintering’. Their new gun is much more detailed than the 1911 and the word ‘reason’ is printed onto the gun.
In addition, the gun also features an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence on its barrel. A ‘fancy’ gun, is what some blogs call this new creation by Solid Concepts. We, however, are not sure whether 3D printed guns will even become a fancy thing, but one thing that is for certain is that they are safer than their plastic counterparts. Plastic 3D printed firearms suffer with the problem that productional errors can result into possible, dangerous gun explosions while firing.
From the 1911 series, 100 copies have been made available for sale for 11,900 dollars per gun. It’s still unknown how many of these guns have been sold. Solid Concepts has not released any information about this new gun and about whether it will be made available to the public or not.
3D printed guns are highly controversial. A couple of days ago, a Japanese owner of 3D printed guns got sentenced for two years for possession of two additively manufactured guns. 3D printing guns is illegal in Japan, and also in the UK. The British banned 3D printed guns entirely last year, but in the US it’s only legal to 3D print guns if they can’t pass a metal detector.