Did you know that the ATF has something to say about 3D printing? 3D printing is changing the face of manufacturing and distribution and will continue to make more of an impact. 3D printing specialists have a large number of different products, parts, and supplies available for download. Soon businesses will simply download 3D printing files and then use those plans to create and build products.

The ATF regularly monitors new technologies like 3D printing. The first known 3D-printable gun hit the internet around 2013. It caused an uproar, especially because it was an illegal application. At the time, the ATF showed that the firearm was unreliable and potentially undetectable.

What does this mean for firearms manufacturers? Firearms manufacturers can use 3D printing as long as they follow federal law. Anyone making a gun for sale still requires a federal firearms license. And any firearms created by an FFL must be detectable by walk-through metal detectors and generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. Creating reliable firearms with this technology requires specialized, high-end printers and could be used for a variety of applications, including replacement parts and accessories. Learn more about what the ATF has to say about 3D printing here.

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