Could a small 3D printer be brought through security at an airport and then used to make a weapon?Is the scenario described in the question possible using a 3D printer like a Makerbot is used since it can be assembled from parts or probably even taken past security whole?
- The time required to assemble and calibrate your 3D printer, which could be many hours
- The tools required to build it
- The time required to actually print anything useful, likely many hours or even days
- The requirement of non-plastic components for use in almost any useful weapon that may not make it through security, particularly explosive material such as gunpowder
- The obvious question of exactly where you’d find “workshop” space to set up operations and still somehow remain stealthy
- The clearly unusual scenario of bringing all these parts, tools and material through security and using them for hours on end without raising anyone’s suspicion