Solid Concepts, a world leader in 3D printing, has manufactured the world’s first 3D printed metal gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals. The semi-automatic pistol is based on the classic 1911 design and has already successfully fired over 500 rounds of bullets without falling to pieces. It is constructed with 33 17-4 stainless steel and inconel 625 components, and features a carbon-fibre filled nylon hand grip.
“The whole concept of using a selective laser sintering process to 3D print a metal gun revolves around proving the reliability, accuracy and usability of metal 3D printing as functional prototypes and end use products,‘ says kent firestone, vice president of additive manufacturing at solid concepts. ‘it’s a common misconception that 3D Printing isn’t accurate or strong enough, and we’re working to change people’s perspective.”
You can read their latest blog post here for a few Q’s & A’s.