Is the Plastic Gun Debate a Threat to 3D Printing?

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Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Contributing Editor Nicholas Thompson discusses the debate over 3D-printed guns with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

What do you make of this story?

This is the most dangerous thing.

It can do all kinds of things.

The thing we need to understand, unfortunately the thing it is becoming associated with his libertarians who want to make guns that can avoid metal detectors, and as congress and the senate are now debating and trying to react to.

Libertarians?

Is it rand paul we are afraid of ? there is a small antigovernment group.

I don't want to lump all libertarians in.

There is a small very radical group who believe this is a good thing, that you should have the freedom and ability to make a gun that is double.

It is a small group, but it is a technologically able group.

One person put it out there, and thousands of people downloaded his design.

There are two issues.

One is how congress will deal with it.

The senate is considering stronger legislation, which is if you make a plastic gun, you need metal in it that cannot be removed.

The senate is debating whether there is a stronger bill.

There is another issue, the threat to the industry.

I believe this is kind of ridiculous.

The ability to make a 3-d gun requires a 3-d printer.

A are so insanely expensive.

Yes, there are so -- there are some cheap renters that printing seizing potter and residents.

There are 10,000 dollar printers that meant using colors, but they are hard to set up.

If you are going to spend a quarter of a million dollars on the printer, why wouldn't you go by half dozen or 100 guns?

I don't think there is a fear there will be a flood of three b guns on the market next year.

-- 3-d guns on the market next year.

The problem is they will increase in its ability, and overtime they will be able to do more of them.

There has been a prototype.

The possibility is you can have many more of them in the not- too-distant future.

I feel like the level of 3-d printing companies has gotten so ridiculous.

It is like fruit loops are more exciting when they are hyper loops.

They are kind of crazy.

Stratus is at 4 billion.

The company i look at, they have a $44 million market cap.

They have three full-time employees and a market cap.

It seems like there is so much excitement that is not there.

What is interesting about this business is it has been lumped in with other technology companies.

They are building software, which is so much easier to scale.

3-d printing is going to move slower than other things in parallel.

Thanks.

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