When it comes to 3D printing, one of the most debatable topics is that of 3D printed guns. A man named Cody Wilson has been at the forefront of this debate, following the release of his “Liberator” gun. The Liberator, which is 3D printed out of plastic, has been shown to be able to fire live ammunition without blowing up in the shooter’s face. Now, one man may just have Cody Wilson beat, with a gun unlike anything we have seen 3D printed before.
David Bogenhagen has designed and 3D printed a gun he calls the Frizerator H-3, and instead of firing deadly bullets it fires… frisbees. That’s right, those fun little discs that everyone is familiar with.
“I’m an avid Frisbee player competing quite a bit in the 1980’s when Wham-O was sponsoring and competition was emerging from grassroots contests to full fledged national events,” Bogenhagen tells 3DPrint.com. “One day back in the 80’s I spotted a ‘fristol’ in the store, bought it and played around with it. I got my Makerbot 2x last year at Christmas time. As a career Mechanical Engineer, I decided to observe my fristol and design my own that I could print out. I took the name of the 3D printed gun, ‘Liberator’, and altered it into ‘Frizerator’ since it shoots Frisbees.”
Definitely not nearly as controversial as the Liberator, the Frizerator features quite the impressive design. Built entirely of 3D printed parts, which can all be downloaded for free via Thingiverse, this gun is sure to provide hours of entertainment for people of all ages.
Bogenhagen — who competed in all sorts of Frisbee sports such as Frisbee Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, and others — used Autodesk Inventor to design his frisbee shooting gun. He guesses that it took him between 10-20 hours of designing to get it to the point where it is at now. Currently it can shoot up to 20 yards, which is quite impressive, since many people can’t even throw a frisbee that far.
“About all I do with [it] is to set up stuff to knock over, like a carnival game,” Bogenhagen tells us. “I guess games could be adapted to it.”
Sounds like fun to me! At least much more fun that firing a Liberator with live ammunition that may or may not blow up in my face. Bogenhagen ensures us that general usage of his gun is quite safe.
If you decide to 3D print the Frizerator, Bogenhagen recommends printing all its parts with double walls. All in all, there are seven total STL files that make up the entire gun, including one disc. Additional discs may also be 3D printed. For those of you who don’t own 3D printers but would still like to own one of these guns, you can purchase one already 3D printed, including 6 discs, for $31.05 on MakeXYZ’s store.
What do you think? Have you 3D printed the Frizerator H-3 yet? Discuss in the Frizerator H-3 forum thread on 3DPB.com.