100 Limited edition 3D printed metal guns on sale for $11,900 each
Solid Concepts, the first company that produces a fully-functional metal semi-automatic pistol with a 3D printer, announced that they are putting 100 limited edition 1911 3D Printed metal guns on sale for $11,900 each.
Solid Concepts announced the successful completion of the world's first 3D Printed metal gun on November 7, 2013. The pistol is a replica of the storied .45-caliber, M1911 semi-automatic pistol that was developed by John Browning a century ago and served as the U.S. military's standard-issue sidearm for more than 70 years. Solid Concepts demonstrated the gun by initially firing 50 rounds through it. This week, the company announced their 1911 3D Printed metal gun had reached over 2,000 successful rounds of firing without failure.
The company plans to print and sell 100 limited run 1911 3D Printed metal guns and each of them will be built and serialized with the option of unique customization using Additive Metal Manufacturing technology. "Each 3D Printed gun will be manufactured using Inconel 625 (a Nickel-Chromium-Molybdenum alloy) and Stainless Steel components. Post machining and hand polishing will complete the manufacturing process and each assembled pistol will undergo 100 rounds of test firing." says Solid Concepts.
The 100 serialized 1911 3D Printed metal guns are priced at $11,900. The company says it is not trying to promote the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. "We're proving this is possible, the technology is at a place now where we can manufacture a gun with 3D Metal Printing," says Kent Firestone, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Solid Concepts.
"This is a chance to own a piece of history," Solid Concept's vice president of marketing, Scott McGowan, said. The gun will arrive in a wooden showcase box with a 3D Printed metal plaque describing the unique qualities of the pistol and a certificate of authenticity.
Solid Concepts is also offering buyers the chance to tour their Texas facility to see their gun being printed, and to join their lead additive manufacturing engineers on the range for the first test firing of their limited 1911 gun. Sales begin Thursday, December 19, 2013.