First Fully Functional 3D Printed Metal Firearm

There has been a lot of interest, and controversy, over the ability to “print” guns using a 3D printer. Up until now, most weapons that were printed were plastic only. Well, not any more.

Solid Concepts has created the first 1911 pistol using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DLMS) 3D printing:

So just what in the world is DLMS?

The ability to create high strength metal parts via 3D printing is really a game changer. Some remote military facilities and research centers already have 3d printing capability.

And the ability to make their own metal parts will make them even more autonomous and self sufficient.