The gun cost $25 in materials. It was made on a 3-D printer that costs under $1,800 new. In short, it’s a home-brew pistol.
It cannot be fired rapidly. But it shows that the technology is real. Over the next few years, 3-D gun production will improve.
It had a few metal screws that the designer bought in a local hardware store.
Two months ago, this was not possible. One month ago, there was a single single-shot pistol. Now there is a second weapon. Soon, there will be dozens. Then hundreds.
The story is in Forbes, not some typical amateur blog site. Why Forbes? Because Forbes is a business magazine. If a person can manufacture a working gun for $25 on a machine that retails for under $1,800, then it is clear where the world is headed. The printers will continue to fall in price. The variety of products that they will produce will increase. The time required to produce them will decrease.
In a decade, this will be standard home business equipment.
There will be blueprints online. These will be easily reproduced digitally. They will be placed on Internet servers in nations that do not pay any attention to copyright.
Patent law? Try to enforce it in 2050.
Nothing can stop this development, any more than the Internet can be stopped. Goods will get cheaper. Manufacturing costs will fall. Tariffs and import quotas will be unenforceable. And guns will be everywhere.
Gun control? Surely you jest, Senator Schumer.