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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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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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To: null and void

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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To: null and void

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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To: null and void

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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To: null and void

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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To: null and void
"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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To: null and void
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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To: ClearCase_guy

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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To: null and void
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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To: null and void
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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To: null and void

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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To: null and void

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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To: VanDeKoik
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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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I just wish they could print .22 Long rifle rounds!

I don't think we will see that happen but there are propellants that can be manufactured from household chemicals. You won't get the velocity of powder but you will get enough to be deadly at close range. If the propellant is stored as part of the weapon, it could be metered on an as-needed basis. I think we are going to see a lot of innovation in the production of printed weapons, including the ammo.

21 posted on 05/03/2013 12:38:00 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: mylife
Those "Liberators" were made next door in Anderson, IN, along with this bad boy greasegun photo: greasegun IMG_0395.jpg The Liberators were provided to French Resistance fighters. "Never been fired, only dropped once"?
22 posted on 05/03/2013 12:39:12 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: null and void
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.”

The gun may be "undetectable," but the bullets won't be, numbnuts.

23 posted on 05/03/2013 12:39:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: null and void
Is that a broken trigger?


24 posted on 05/03/2013 12:41:05 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: trubolotta

Yep!


25 posted on 05/03/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: fuzzylogic
How long before somebody gets through airport security with one? ...and uses it?

Good thing they don't make plastic cartridges.

26 posted on 05/03/2013 12:42:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: tumblindice

Yupper.


27 posted on 05/03/2013 12:42:50 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
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To: null and void
Wouldn’t the cartridges set off a metal detector? Without cartridges, how serious of a threat is this thing...
28 posted on 05/03/2013 12:44:01 PM PDT by Usually_Disappointed (.Y.)
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To: tumblindice
Very few exist.

The Sterling however, was built like a tank and served for over 60 years.


29 posted on 05/03/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
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To: ken5050

That will happen if this catches on, without-one-single-solitary doubt. How do you like this story yesterday in the NY Post...Store owner fined $60,000 that’s sixty THOUSAND dollars for selling a 3 inch lighter that looks like a gun.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/smoking_gun_nets_fine_mULOkpw09uyrCdvzFwsFqL

Even though it’s the despotic state of New York city, it shows besides banning, liberals will also try to wipe people out financially if they do not agree with something. This is a war!


30 posted on 05/03/2013 12:50:42 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: ken5050

They better hurry. I just saw on Fox Business that Staples is going to start selling 3DSystem’s printer.


31 posted on 05/03/2013 12:51:07 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: null and void
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.

Great, the Congressmen gets it, and surely will propose we do away with these regulations that have been made obsolete by advances in technology! Right?

“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.”


32 posted on 05/03/2013 12:51:27 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: kingu

Call now and get a free TSA agent with your 3-D printer! Just pay additional postage and handling. (And we do mean “handling.”)


33 posted on 05/03/2013 12:52:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: mylife

The purpose of the liberator was to sneak behind the enemy, shoot them, and get a BETTER gun.


34 posted on 05/03/2013 12:52:04 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is v?ery late in the day.")
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To: reed13

bfl


35 posted on 05/03/2013 12:52:28 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: The Antiyuppie

That is correct.
It was basically a throw away.

It was not expected to survive much more than 6 shots.
Brass had to be cleared with a wooden dowel.


36 posted on 05/03/2013 12:53:53 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked Ideas 50c)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Staples selling 3D Systems’ Cube printer online, select retail availability starting in June

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/03/3d-systems-staples/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget


37 posted on 05/03/2013 12:57:58 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: DannyTN

Not everyone should be allowed nude in public.


38 posted on 05/03/2013 12:59:18 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: tumblindice

Those are M-3 “Grease Gun” submachine guns. Fired a .45ACP cartridge. They had barrels that would allow them to fire 9x19 rounds in some cases.

They were produced to bring down the cost of sub-guns, because the Thompson “tommy gun” was (and still is) a very expensive, exquisitely machined piece of work. Those are mostly sheet metal stampings.


39 posted on 05/03/2013 1:06:07 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I don’t go out in public nude for two reasons. First I don’t want to and more importantly the public certainly doesn’t want me to.


40 posted on 05/03/2013 1:06:31 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: null and void

That’s not a gun, that’s a hand grenade. There is no way that plastic is going to hold the pressures of a real centerfire pistol round.

The best they might manage is a one-shot device that destroys itself without harming the user.


41 posted on 05/03/2013 1:08:05 PM PDT by MikeJ
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To: DannyTN
"...including backpacks were rummaged through for valuables by TSA agents."

Ban black backpacks. Only allow see-through backpacks...

42 posted on 05/03/2013 1:08:31 PM PDT by hummingbird (So much conspiracy and not enough time.)
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To: null and void
I would think it possible to make plastic casings and bullets too, at least with a fair bit of carbon fiber. Graphite lined barrel? Interesting.

Do TSA scanners pick up graphite?

43 posted on 05/03/2013 1:09:54 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: kingu
"That’ll be the government’s take on it, rather than simply: The people have debated the 2nd Amendment, and the 2nd won."

BTTT.

44 posted on 05/03/2013 1:11:05 PM PDT by hummingbird (So much conspiracy and not enough time.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
"Not everyone should be allowed nude in public."

So you're saying we would just be trading one form of terrorism for another.

45 posted on 05/03/2013 1:12:54 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The broken trigger suggests that the designer was a CAD commando, obsessed with extrusions, volumes of revolution, splined curves, and constructive solid geometry, but spent his time napping during strengths of materials class.


46 posted on 05/03/2013 1:20:21 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: null and void

They’ll be push to outlaw cad soon.


47 posted on 05/03/2013 1:23:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: mylife

The WW II Liberator was designed to fire a .45ACP shot into someone’s head, after which the shooter would take the victim’s full-featured gun.


48 posted on 05/03/2013 1:23:55 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: DannyTN
As the sayin' goes..  photo What_Has_Been_Seen_Cant_Be_Unseen_Wallpaper_464rz_zpsc272d013.jpg
49 posted on 05/03/2013 1:25:27 PM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Usually_Disappointed

The scary thing here, is that a single bullet starts to get into false alarm territory. People don’t like false alarms (turn the sensitivity down...!) or having to explain their implants (a LOT of people have some kind of metal part).


50 posted on 05/03/2013 1:26:49 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is v?ery late in the day.")
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