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‘In the Year 2054: Rifles will 3D print their own bullets’ – At Least According to Call of Duty Developer

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3d-printer-rifle-topIt’s always fun predicting the future. People do it all the time because it is entertaining to imagine a world that we or our children will one day have the chance to experience. We’ve seen fictitious movies do this from time to time since the beginning of film. There was the hoverboard in ‘Back to the Future’, the jet packs in ‘The Rocketeer’, teleportation in Star Trek, and the list goes on. Some of these inventions have already become a reality, while we are still awaiting the arrival of others.

Another Star Trek prediction, was that of the Replicator, which was used to basically 3D print objects, especially food. These have already begun to take shape in current times, in the form of 3D printers. MakerBot even calls their consumer level 3D printer the ‘Replicator’. Sure it may not work the exact same way, but its close enough.

Now, one video game development company, Sledgehammer Games, is trying to predict the future in their upcoming video game. We’re sure that most of you are well aware of the Call of Duty video game series. ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ is currently scheduled for release this coming Novembmer. In the game, which takes place in the year 2054, Sledgehammer Games will try their hands at predicting the future themselves. One of the more notable futuristic ideas in the game, is that of the 3D-Printer Rifle.

According to gameinformer, the 3D-Printer Rifle will print its own bullets. There is no doubt that Sledgehammer looked at the future and saw the upcoming 3D printing technology as something that will catch on in more aspects than what it is currently being used for. This gun is loaded with a canister of liquid, then ‘racked’ by the player by pulling back on the bolt. Once complete, the gun will begin to 3D print its own bullets. While this is happening, players will be shown the number of bullets that have been printed, on a digital ammo counter.

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The 3D-Printer Rifle – according to gameinformer

In today’s world, we are still debating the impact that 3D printing will have on the future of weaponry. Many people worry about the ease in which anyone can, and will be more able, in the future to print out their own guns on 3D printers. This takes the idea a step further, and adds the ability for the gun to print its own ammunition. Wouldn’t that be a scary thing? In today’s society, one thing that provides a little peace of mind, is the fact that bullets can not yet be printed. Perhaps it won’t be long until this is no longer the case.

Discuss this futuristic prediction, and let us know if you think it will ever become a reality, in the ‘Call of Duty – 3D-Printer Rifle’ thread on 3DPB.com

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[source: gameinformer]

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