3D printing innovation has aided in creating parts for a number of airplanes and helicopters across the globe. From Turbomeca’s 3D printed fuel injector nozzles to the environmental control process for the Bell Helicopter, this emerging innovation has helped ease the load for sure traditional making methods. But has this use of 3D printing innovation finally gone too far? One 3D printing hobbyist of Australia, named Darren Stuckman, is (facetiously) 3D printing a full-sized and fully operational Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter off of his domestic 3D printing device, bringing military-grade power and putting it the hands of the dangerous Maker community. Australian comedy news program Dafuq has sent their reporter Rift (real name Henry Inglis) down to Stuckman’s workshop to investigate this dangerous use of 3D printing innovation.
A bit additional controversial than the 3D printed gun, the Apache attack helicopter is equipped with two rocket launchers and a 30 millimeter automatic cannon, and is FULLY LEGAL to turn it into, too. On the other hand the helicopter usually costs $35 million to traditionally make, the 3D printed Apache can fairly only cost Stuckman his ‘time and materials’, needing only to print 400,000 individual parts on his domestic 3D printing device. “I’ll be really really responsible with it, it’s only to get of point A to point B,” Stuckman said on camera. Now, Stuckman appears like a fairly decent guy, but yet, what if these 400,000 3D printed parts got into the wrong hands? What if everyone had a 3D printed Apache attack helicopter in their own homes?
Luckily, this story is completely silly and satirical (although a few individuals on LiveLeak’s comment section didn’t really know which), yet there appears to be an underlying message behind the humor. What Dafuq’s reporter Rift appears to be riffing on is Australia’s strict gun laws directed at 3D printing, which have gone so far as to penalize those which possess actually the digital files for a 3D printed gun (though it may be applied to laws being considered worldwide). In New South Wales for example, physical or digital possession of a 3D printable gun can net you up to 14 years in prison. So, maybe Australian citizens may be most off only 3D printing and causing mayhem in their own Apache attack helicopter, thinking which actually an STL file of a gun can get you put away for really a while. Of all the new ways which 3D printing innovation has grown over the years, it appears which the mainstream media pretty focus on the few ways it may be utilized for injure, and this 3D printed Apache attack helicopter video report by Dafuq appears to be poking fun at this fact.