Solid Concepts — the first company to produce working, semi-automatic 3D-printed handguns — is selling them as collectors’ items for $11,900.
The pricey weapon is a 3D-printed replica of the storied .45-caliber m1911 semi-automatic pistol, which was the standard-issue sidearm of the U.S. armed forces from World War I through the Reagan administration.
Solid Concepts said it’s fired 2,000 rounds without any problems, and several of the first 50 were bullseye-shots at 30-yards out.
The company plans to print and sell 100 individually-serialized copies of the weapon, each of which will will undergo 100 test shots and include a 3D-printed metal plaque, showcase box and certificate of authenticity. Buyers will get the additional option of touring the Solid Concepts’ Texas factory, and be the first to fire their weapon.
Solid Concepts uses 3D-printing processes known as Selective Laser Sintering and Direct Metal Laser Sintering, which layers powdered metal and uses lasers to melt and fuse the particles together at more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The company built the weapons to demonstrate their high-quality production capabilities.
If you’ve got a big Christmas budget or bonus, email Solid Concepts at FirearmProducts@SolidConcepts.com to inquire about picking one up.