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This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)
Forbes ^ | 5/03/2013 @ 7:00AM | Andy Greenberg

Posted on 05/03/2013 12:17:28 PM PDT by null and void


The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the "Liberator."

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week [the] founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,”

All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic, [except] a single nail that’s used as a firing pin. The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition.

Technically, Defense Distributed’s gun has one other non-printed component: the group added a six ounce chunk of steel into the body to make it detectable by metal detectors in order to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act. In March, the group also obtained a federal firearms license, making it a legal gun manufacturer.

Since it was founded last August, Wilson’s group has sought to make as many components of a gun as possible into printable blueprints and to host those controversial files online, thwarting gun laws and blurring the lines between the regulation of firearms and information censorship.

Stay tuned for more. In the mean time, here’s another photo of Defense Distributed’s prototype.

Congressman Steve Israel issued a press release Friday responding to this story: “Security checkpoints, background checks, and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print plastic firearms at home and bring those firearms through metal detectors with no one the wiser,” his statement reads. “When I started talking about the issue of plastic firearms months ago, I was told the idea of a plastic gun is science-fiction. Now that this technology is proven, we need to act now to extend the ban [on] plastic firearms.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3dprinting; banglist; cody; defense; distributed; gun; guncontrol; liberator; obama; plastic; print; printed; secondamendment; wilson
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1 posted on 05/03/2013 12:17:28 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!


2 posted on 05/03/2013 12:18:21 PM PDT by null and void ("Och, aye 'twas a huge beastie the shape of a haggis but the size o' the football pitch at Dunkeld!")
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Obvious solution is to ban 3-D laser printers..


3 posted on 05/03/2013 12:19:33 PM PDT by ken5050 (Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim..)
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Hmm, maybe I will make one out of LEGO bricks, LOL


4 posted on 05/03/2013 12:19:34 PM PDT by GraceG
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Now if he could just print ammo...


5 posted on 05/03/2013 12:20:45 PM PDT by glock rocks ("If not us, who? If not now, when?" - Ronald Reagan)
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I just wish they could print .22 Long rifle rounds!


6 posted on 05/03/2013 12:22:04 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ken5050

That will be next.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 12:23:25 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: null and void

Well that won’t hold back the federales.


8 posted on 05/03/2013 12:24:00 PM PDT by ryan71 (The republican party is dead to me. Dead. Don't bother trying to revive it.)
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"Liberator" is an apt title, since the original WWII .45 acp Liberator was designed as a limited use throw away gun that would shake itself apart.


9 posted on 05/03/2013 12:24:49 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
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To: ken5050
"Obvious solution is to ban 3-D laser printers.."

Well you could do that or just enforce nudity in all public locations.

The boston bombing could never have happened if everyone was forced to go nude and all containers including backpacks were rummaged through for valuables by TSA agents.

10 posted on 05/03/2013 12:25:33 PM PDT by DannyTN
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Anyone have any idea how -- and how fast -- something like this could be melted into an innocuous puddle?

Hmmmmm, looks like they're going to search the place. Let me just push this button ... OK. Nothing to find on the premises now.

11 posted on 05/03/2013 12:25:33 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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There was a scenario outlined on some show where a gun dissolved in water. The perp dropped it in the fish tank after the crime.


12 posted on 05/03/2013 12:27:26 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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This is causing quite a stir - making the gun control freaks heads explode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1nPSNnaBo

only 2 minutes - pass it on after viewing. it is going viral ...

13 posted on 05/03/2013 12:28:51 PM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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When I was young and foolish I discovered that you can fire a .22LR round in a barrel bored through a chunk of seasoned Oak, without losing any body parts in the process. This design would work in hardwood.

I've battered my parts over the decades, but still got all of them!

14 posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:04 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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How long before somebody gets through airport security with one? ...and uses it?

I’m sure the solution will be to just ban all of them ;)


15 posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:28 PM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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And now we have the justification required for TSA in bus stations, train stations, subway stations, along with billions in new high tech xray scanners to detect these plastic guns. Oh, and of course, almost every public access to political events curtailed, as there would be no way to assure security.

That’ll be the government’s take on it, rather than simply: The people have debated the 2nd Amendment, and the 2nd won.


16 posted on 05/03/2013 12:29:56 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: GraceG

It might be more effective just to throw the Legos at the person.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 12:31:47 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: kingu

bttt


18 posted on 05/03/2013 12:33:37 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: null and void

Now they can do it all I can say is intelligence will (once again) enhance stupidity.


19 posted on 05/03/2013 12:34:50 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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It might be more effective just to throw the Legos at the person.

Or make them walk barefoot through a carpeted room with little Lego mines lurking everywhere - says the father of a five-year-old.

20 posted on 05/03/2013 12:37:04 PM PDT by tnlibertarian
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