Last month a federal judge in Washington issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints for 3D printable guns, putting 3D firearms in the cross-hairs of the gun debate.
22News went to western Massachusetts 3D printing expert Alfredo Orejuela, who said the process is anything but simple.
“To make a functional 3D printed firearm it’s fairly complicated,” Orejuela told 22News. “It’s going to require equipment that’s going to run you a couple thousand dollars, in times of manufacturing time it’s going to run you hours if not days of manufacturing.”
Opponents fear these plastic guns can slip through security undetected in airports, schools, or any place where guns could be stopped. Orejuela says most 3D firearms are more dangerous for the person actually shooting them.
“The material itself would not actually withstand being fired, it would explode in your hand,” said Orejuela. “I think that’s actually the bigger threat to public safety is people shooting these guns and injuring themselves.”
Orejuela added that plans to make these 3D firearms have been available for years and the recent spotlight is giving 3D printing a bad name.
“It’s demonizing an industry that has so many good applications, 3D printable prosthetics, 3D printable hydroponics,” Orejuela said. “Threats just so much that we use in our day to day in education.”
Alfredo’s company Steamporio works with Springfield schools, teaching children more about the field of STEM.
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Yep! That’s a plastic 3-D printed pistol!
Well, parts of one.
And it was made in #Longmeadow!@AshleyAfonso talks to the expert who says it ain’t easy to make the guns that are sparking so much new debate over guns and gun control. @WWLP22News pic.twitter.com/kmNvUJBx2G— Barry Kriger (@KrigerBarry) August 14, 2018