We went to Google to answer some of the frequently asked questions. Of course I’m not lawyer, or “expert”, I am just a go who is involved with the business or firearms.
Question 1: Is it illegal to manufacture 3D print a firearm?
Nope – According to the 1968-gun Control Act, an unlicensed Individual may manufacture their own firearm(s) for personal use. That is in the context you are lawfully allowed to own a firearm and you are not creating NFA item(s) without tax stamp(s). Items such as full-auto sears & silencers. In addition, you will have to follow local and federal configurations.
What is the purpose of 3D printing a firearm
Response: Right now, I think the people interested in 3D printing firearms are only doing it out of (1) curiosity and a thrill associate with firearms and (2) trying to preserve the 2nd amendment – more on this at another time. Despite what a lot of people say, 3D printing firearms is not easy as pressing “print”.
Does assembling, or manufacturing your own firearms at home cost effective?
No, it is not. Factor the cost of tools and parts, you will go over the price of a store bought firearm. Same applies if you purchase the parts separately. The main reason why people home build is to build a firearm that consist of every upgraded part you want and/or a cheap layaway – each part alacart.
Can you print AK 47 and AR15 Lower receivers?
Sure can! However, you will need to find the remaining parts and test functionality.
Can you print a silencer/suppressor?
Yes, but keep in mind the creation of any NFA (National Firearms Act) item(s), you are subject to a realm of new laws & compliance regulations.