“Guns.” The very word makes some people cringe, and crawl into a cave, while it makes others spring up with enthusiasm. The process of 3D printing a gun, does the same thing, only at a much more intense level. We have seen our share of 3D printed guns already, made of both metals and plastics. In the meantime, probably the most intense debate around 3D printing has been taking place around the 3D printing of these often lethal weapons.
Today we came across yet another 3D printed gun. This one, is an airsoft BB gun. For what it lacks in ammo, it makes up in complexity and design. The gun, which was designed by an Instructables member “Engineer777,” was created using mainly 3D printed parts, a few screws, nuts, bolts, a bike pump, a spring, paint, dead pens, an irrigation Tube, PVC electrical tubing, a metal tube, and an old airsoft barrel. So no, the entire gun was not printed out in one piece, however the majority of it was printed. All the parts needed to make this weapon, including a role of filament (876 grams total to be exact), can be purchased for around $50, which is well under the price you would pay for a similar already manufactured product.
After a little research on our part, we determined that the gun’s creator was a man named Sam Logan. The airsoft gun was printed, not for any particular use, but rather because Logan felt that, “People would print more awesome things if there were more awesome things to print.”
He explained his creative thought process further,
“So I put two and two together and started designing this printable airsoft gun. It’s the start of many designs I hope to produce for people who really want more than just a vase from their printers. I hope it will inspire you to get your creative mind in gear and contribute some awesome designs for a 3D printable future!”
Logan, like many in the industry, feels that the potential for 3D printing is sky high, while the actual work being done by designers may be lacking. His work is anything but “lacking,” as you will see in the video below:
- Shoots 6mm bb’s (0.2g recommended)
- Single shot springer (spring powered)
- Chronoed at 250fps with 0.2g bb’s
- Accurate to 20m, extreme range 40-50m
- Weighs a nice 1.2kg
- Mag capacity: 11 rounds
- Picatinny rails
- Adjustable hop up
- Working safety
- Foldable bipod and sights (for scope if desired)
Now let’s watch this gun in action!
The detailed instructions on how to print out and assemble this product can be downloaded at its Instructables page.
Discuss this creation at 3DPrintBoard with other 3D printing enthusiasts here: http://3dprintboard.com/showthread.php?1643-3D-Printed-Airsoft-BB-Gun