It was only a matter of time. Now that there is more than one 3D-printed gun, a 3D-printed bullet couldn't have been too far behind.
On Sunday, 48-year-old industrial technician Jeff Heeszel uploaded a video of his friend shooting a 3D-printed bullet from a shotgun. As you may have guessed, the bullet worked. Not as well as a regular bullet, but, remember, it was made at home on a machine.
Jeff Heeszel isn't an anarchist, he just loves to play with guns. His YouTube channel, Taofledermaus, became popular because Heeszel makes videos of himself and his friends shooting random objects like dimes and Tic Tacs out of shotguns.
Three different types of 3D-printed shotgun slugs are fired in the video. The first bullet goes straight through a wooden dart board. The second went through a 2-inch thick piece of pine wood, and the third bullet did a little damage to a mannequin head. Why are these guys shooting at mannequin heads? That doesn't send a great message. Each bullet is made of plastic and contains a lead ball to add some weight.
These bullets are fairly simple and fast to make. In the video, Heeszel says it took about an hour to print the first slug he shoots. He made it on his friend Tony Griffy's $800 3D printer, Heeszel told Wired. Griffy, known on YouTube as ArtisanTony, describes himself as "a conservative libertarian that believes in small government and self reliance" on his page. Many of his videos are devoted to the process of printing the original 3D-printed gun, the Liberator.
Thankfully, Griffy doesn't plan to go into production of 3D weapons or sell them. “Printers are really designed for prototyping, not production work," he told Wired. "It’s really, honestly, just for fun.” Let us all hope that there aren't too many more people interested in having this type of fun.
Earlier on HuffPost:
A Human Kidney
<a href="http://" target="_hplink">Last March</a>, surgeon Anthony Atala presented the results of his experiments with a 3D printer that uses livings cells to create a transplantable kidney <a href="http://blog.ted.com/2011/03/07/printing-a-human-kidney-anthony-atala-on-ted-com/" target="_hplink">at TED2011</a>.
A Grain Of Sand-Sized Racing Car Model
These super small racing car models are about as small as a grain of sand and were <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/13/revolutionary-3d-printer-models-vienna_n_1341335.html" target="_hplink">created by researchers at the Vienna University of Technology</a> using an extremely fast 3D printing machine. Watch the video above to see the printer at work.
A Model Of Stephen Colbert's Head
MakerBot Industries <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/18/makerbot-stephen-colberts-head-space_n_930468.html" target="_hplink">had a little fun with their 3D printers</a> by creating a 3D model of Stephen Colbert's head and launching it into space using a weather balloon.
A Working Car Called The Urbee
<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2041106/Urbee-The-worlds-printed-car-rolling-3D-printing-presses-.html" target="_hplink">Back in September 2011</a>, the world's first 3D-printed car, the "Urbee," was constructed layer upon layer using a special 3D printer. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2041106/Urbee-The-worlds-printed-car-rolling-3D-printing-presses-.html" target="_hplink">According to the Daily Mail</a>, the car took 15 years to make, has three wheels, and features a petrol and electric hybrid engine.
<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2012/04/02/3d-printed-guitar-takes-instrument-design-to-new-level/" target="_hplink">According to Forbes</a>, Derek Manson of <a href="http://www.61.co.nz/" target="_hplink">One.61</a>, a New Zealand product development firm, is the mind behind the creation of these awesome-looking 3D-printed electric guitars.