Make fun not a gun

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Make fun not a gun by profhankd Oct 7, 2013
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People still pressuring you to 3D print a gun?

Well, here's "A gun" you can download and print without compromising your moral standards or getting your name on a watch list. A least I hope it doesn't put me on a watch list.... ;-)

It's just a keychain, but it should provide a more interesting response the next time somebody asks if you've ever printed "A gun."


This is a very quick & easy print using the STL file posted here. I printed it in black PLA on a MakerGear M2 at 0.25mm extrusion with 2 surface layers and 25% fill (to keep the part stiff). It takes about 4 grams of PLA and prints in under 10 minutes.

The metal ring is a standard part which you simply attach to "A gun" the same way you attach keys to it.

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I have a friend who wants a 3d printed gun. I told him 3d printed plastic guns are stupid, that they can blow up in his face. So I printed him this at 200 percent larger. Thx for this.

Thanks, this was funny!

But I want to make a gun so I can protect my house from illegal searchs

You know, after all this time, nobody has ever pressured me to print a gun for them; not even unsavory people.You must be hanging out with the wrong crowd.

I've printed accessories, like rail covers and the like, but never been asked to print a gun.

I'm beginning to think creations like these are just cries for attention; using the subject of the gun itself for personal gain.

a gun is what is is, it takes people to put a stigma on it. Firearms have plenty of practical uses, like putting food on the table and keeping tyrants from invading your homeland. Just the same, not trying to hate on you, but there are plenty of folks who have an opposing viewpoint on guns, only such people are not afforded the ability to express themselves in the way you have on here (not anymore at least)

I'm a professor, and I'm giving a fair number of overview presentations on 3D printing to students (from middle school to grad school), visitors to my lab, etc. Thanks to all the press coverage about printing guns, and even TV shows like Elementary, people often want to see a printed gun and/or discuss details about how to make one. That's not why we have our printer and there are more important ideas for me to convey. This keychain is a humorous way to quickly dismiss the topic of gun making and keep the discussion on target... if you'll excuse the pun. ;-)

I understand where you're coming from, but in my opinion, professor, it would be quicker to dismiss the subject by simply saying "no" to someone who inquires, rather than tie up a machine to print a keychain, which you will need to fish out of your pocket when someone asks. Still seems like a stunt to me. This is, however, my personal opinion.

When I'm asked if I can print a gun (not, would you print a gun for me, never happened before), I tell them, "Yes, I could probably print a gun if I chose to, It'd be more practical to just buy one; It's engineered better and would be more reliable too". That usually shuts them up pretty quick.

You get better results by explaining the rationale behind the subject and being honest, rather than making quirky jokes. If you turn it into a gag, people won't take the topic seriously. When a gun is involved, it's best to be educated and serious. Anytime a gun is involved in something (even if it's a conversation about one) it's serious business.

Of course, I live in a rural area, where gun culture is a mainstay. Very few folks out here are ignorant concerning firearms. most would never consider something 3D printed as a proper firearm.

I thought this was funny. Print the key chain then print a liberator. Gun bans are a violation of the innate human right of self defense. Print whatever. Go nuts.

A few years ago, my aunt was traveling with my brother when she had the alarm sound as she went through airport security -- her keys were on one of these in her pocket. My understanding is that the security folks didn't think it was all that funny. Of course, my then 99-year-old aunt was about as much of a threat as this gun is, but she was delayed a bit as they checked everything.... Perhaps it should be printed in orange?

In any case, over the last two years I've had far fewer people asking about printing guns. I think that people expect less of 3D printing now and perhaps people have realized there are much easier and more effective ways to build actual guns?

So, I think this gun is still funny... provided you don't leave it in your pocket while going through airport security. ;-)

That's so silly that they wasted her time. The idea of 3d printed guns is interesting but highly impractical. You could make a much more servicible firearm from hardware store parts. Cool design! I'll probably print it soon

Print one of these and "letter" rip!
Capping Fools and some in lower case.
A fun gun for puns!