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  • Meet The Man Who Created The 3D Printed Gun (Scared of those icky guns alert)

    02/10/2014 11:11:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 10, 2014 | Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian
    Having lunch with the 14th Most Dangerous Person in the World is less scary than you might think. Unless you happen to have a morbid fear of hipster beards, Cody Wilson, a good-looking 26-year-old who blends with the crowd in the east London cafe where I meet him, doesn't immediately strike fear into the heart. He chats away with the waitress, discussing the possibilities before ordering east London's hippest sandwich – the pulled pork burger – and has an easygoing, amiable manner. He is, frankly, about as threatening as a barista. A barista who has happened on a spectacular method...
  • On Undetectable Firearms Act Renewal

    12/01/2013 8:12:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Defense Distributed ^ | 1 December, 2013 | NA
    DOJ began a PR push last week to find legislative traction for a set of proposed bills that would criminalize the individual production of rifle receivers and magazines with 3D printers. Sections 4 and 5 of the proposed House bill directly criminalize 3D printed receivers and magazines, and mandate an arbitrary amount of metal be part of their fabrication. Beyond suffering from fatal Due Process and GCA problems, the bill’s prohibitions are not extended to manufacturers because (hint) there isn’t actually a security issue at stake. The bad faith and fraud required to hide this from the current public...
  • Homeland Security bulletin warns 3D-printed guns may be 'impossible' to stop

    05/31/2013 8:21:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 23 May, 2013 | Jana Winter
    "Significant advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing capabilities, availability of free digital 3D printer files for firearms components, and difficulty regulating file sharing may present public safety risks from unqualified gun seekers who obtain or manufacture 3D printed guns," warns the bulletin compiled by the Joint Regional Intelligence Center. The bulletin refers specifically to Defense Distributed, a nonprofit company started by a University of Texas law student, which has successfully made and fired a 3D gun whose only metal parts are the bullets and a small firing pin. Some 100,000 plans for a gun called "The Liberator" were downloaded in just...
  • 3D Printed Gun being fired 9 times Video at Defense Distributed

    05/25/2013 7:02:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    This video was found at Defense Distributed. It shows the test firing of the Lulz Liberator, a $25 3D printed pistol. It is only 30 seconds long, so it has been edited to only show the firing. The video loads quickly. Defense Distributed labels it as "For Australia". Link to Gun Watch and Video
  • DD ITAR Update 1 (Cody Wilson Explains Defense Distributed Liberator/ITAR strategy)

    05/20/2013 8:49:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Defense Distributed ^ | May, 2013 | Cody Wilson
    DD ITAR Update 1 A few have criticized how quickly I responded to the DDTC and began participating in their regulatory process. It is said I should have stood and fought if I believed in keeping the files free, instead of complying. This compliance has been viewed as some kind of ultimate one, as if I don’t intend to do anything else. “No takedowns, ever.” Was a motto I had built into my vision of DEFCAD.com, not DEFCAD.org, and it referred to a strategy for dealing with intellectual property claims and social pressure- this is NOT the strategy DD/DEFCAD.org can...
  • BREAKING: US Government Takes Over 3D Gun Manufacturer

    05/09/2013 7:14:18 PM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 79 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | 5/9/13 | Matt Liponoga
    The revolutionary concept of 3-D printed firearms has been building momentum for months now. Online observers, innovators, investors and the generally curious celebrated as the first completely 3-D printed handgun became a reality. Since the blueprint for “The Liberator” hit the web, the file was downloaded thousands of times in just a few days. Today, the government shut it down. Cody Wilson, the 3-D gunsmith, law student, and founder of the non-profit innovation outlet, Defense Distributed, broke the bad news in a tweet to his followers.
  • Defense Distributed Site DEFCAD down: Claims Message from US Department of Defense Trade Controls

    05/09/2013 1:20:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The DEFCAD site shows the following:DEFCAD files are being removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information. Link to DEFCAD site here We do not know if this is real or not. There was a similar spoof done on April 1st. Link to April 1st spoof story "Breaking: Defense Distributed website seized, Cody Wilson arrested on conspiracy charges!" We will learn more in the next few hours. This may be real. ©2013 by Dean Weingarten Permission to share granted as long...
  • Defense Distributed declares 'government monopoly on force' obsolete (Photos)

    05/07/2013 6:37:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 May, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has been avidly following the "Wiki Weapon" project, by Defense Distributed, to design a "printed" gun, that could be entirely made on a consumer grade 3-D printer. Even this correspondent, though, did not really believe that that goal was realistic in any near term time frame. Printable "high capacity" magazines and printable lower receivers for AR-15 "assault weapons," still requiring commercially manufactured metal parts to function as a complete firearm, seemed ambitious enough. The forcible citizen disarmament lobby certainly seems to have thought so.As it turns out, though, I should have had more faith...
  • 3D Printed Liberator Pistol: Video, more angles, loading detail

    05/06/2013 6:50:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In this YouTube video, more details are revealed about the first pistol to be completely produced by a 3D printer. There is one metal part, but it is made from a common nail, and is so ubiquitous that it does not offer any impediment to the creation of these pistols. Interesting details in this video include how the pistol is loaded. As I thought previously, the .380 ACP, 9x17, 9mm Kurtz, or 9mm Corto, all different designations for the same cartridge, is pushed into the chamber of the barrel by hand, then the barrel is simply snapped into place in...
  • Schumer: U.S. needs to block 3D plastic guns like ‘The Liberator’ from Defense Distributed

    05/06/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 52 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 6, 2013 | Edgar Sandoval
    A Texas company is set to release blueprints for making a plastic gun with a 3-D printer — a development Sen. Chuck Schumer called “stomach-churning” Sunday. Defense Distributed, a collective of gun access advocates headed by self-described “free-market anarchist” Cody Wilson, has announced it made such an untraceable gun with the new plastic-making technology. The nonprofit Texas group intends to post blueprints for “The Liberator” (pictured) online this week. The Liberator may look like a toy, but “this gun can fire regular bullets,” Schumer said, calling for legislation outlawing the technology’s weapons potential. “Security checkpoints, background checks and gun regulations...
  • Defense Distributed: Successful test fire of first 3D printed pistol (video)

    05/06/2013 7:25:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Defense Distributed has released a video of the successful test firing by hand of their first complete 3D printed pistol, the "Liberator". The Liberator has only one metal part, the firing pin, made from a common nail. In the video, Cody Wilson is shown firing the pistol by hand, to dramatically illustrate his faith in the design. The Liberator is a single shot pistol in .380 (9X17) caliber. While firearms have been made in home workshops ever since they have been in existence, the ability to download computer files and have a computer controlled machine print all the parts to...
  • Print Your Gun Parts at Home

    04/29/2013 11:41:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    reason.com ^ | May 2013 | J.D. Tuccille
    In February, the techie gun-rights group Defense Distributed unveiled a 3D-printed lower receiver for an AR-15 rifle that withstood hundreds of rounds of fire. A YouTube video of the component in action was accompanied by the terse statement, “Does not fail from firing stresses. 600+ rounds.” This impressive development came just months after the group earned some ribbing for its first attempt at a homebrewed plastic receiver (the core of the AR-15 and the component that is technically regulated by law), which disintegrated after six shots. But success followed failure, as Defense Distributed unveiled a high-capacity rifle magazine that could...
  • Homemade guns: an exercise of liberty, or simply dangerous?

    04/18/2013 3:53:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies
    The Lamron ^ | 18 April, 2013 | Paul Michael
    Prompted by the horrific Sandy Hook shooting last December, lawmakers across the country are locked in debate over the future of gun control in America. While they fight in Washington over background checks, there has been a technological revolution brewing. In the face of increased gun control, several groups have taken the initiative to manufacture guns via 3D printers. A homemade gun sounds revolutionary to most, but it’s perfectly legal so long as it meets federal and state restrictions on gun ownership. That said, $30 and a simple YouTube tutorial can land you a homemade ‘shotgun.’ For the more aesthetically...
  • 3D Printing Unites Hackers and Gun Rights Activists

    04/13/2013 4:37:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12 April, 2013 | Joshua Kopstein
    Cyberculture icon Stewart Brand’s famous notion that “information wants to be free” has been an almost ubiquitous refrain ever since utopian-minded hackers began populating computer networks in the 1980s. Today, 3D printing has given the phrase a whole new meaning, allowing raw data to become real world weapons with the click of a button. Cody R. Wilson, the antagonistic founder of Defense Distributed, is taking that idea to its logical — and hugely controversial — extreme. Having recently obtained his federal manufacturing license, Wilson hopes to release files for the world’s first fully 3D-printable firearm by the end of this...
  • 3D Printed AK Magazine Released by Defense Distributed

    04/05/2013 8:11:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 April, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Defense Distributed has released a video of a 3D printed AK-47 type magazine. The exact capacity of the magazine is not specified, though it appears to be about 30 rounds. In the video, I did not see more than 10 rounds fired from any particular magazine. The video was released a few hours ago on April 5, 2013. I embeded the video, and it worked fine, but on a retest a few minutes later, the video was labled as "not found". I found the same response at the Defense Distributed site. Update: The video is available again. I checked the...
  • Gutenberg’s Rifle: The Downloadable Firearm Is Almost Real

    04/01/2013 8:45:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | March 25, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    It’s an oppressive spring afternoon in Austin, Texas. Low clouds threaten to unleash a gullywasher. After a couple of emails and phone calls I’m at an apartment complex off to the west of the University of Texas campus. A pair of young men pull up and pop the lid on the trunk of their car. One pulls a flat metal case from the trunk and I jokingly ask, “Is that a gun or a guitar?” The lead man could blend in with the musicians and hipsters all over Austin who recently dominated the city during SXSW, but he isn’t one...
  • Breaking: Defense Distributed website seized, Cody Wilson arrested on conspiracy charges!

    04/01/2013 7:47:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Unknown details at this time. Defense Distributed website now displays the logos of Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigations, and the following information: This domain name associated with the website DefenseDistributed.com or Defcad.org has been seized pursuant to an order issued by a U.S. District Court. The webpage goes on to say that several individuals and entities have been indicted and charged with federal crimes including conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act, the Undetectable Firearms Act, and others. At this time, I have no other confirmation of these arrests or actions. There is some doubt about this...
  • Defense Distributed Will Release Complete 3D printable Pistol in 30 days.

    03/23/2013 2:13:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    On a hour long interview with Alex Jones, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed states that they will be releasing files for a functional, completely 3D printed pistol within a month. Cody states "We have found some ways to make printable guns work." Defense Distributed has already shown that they can make workable, usable magazines and lower receivers. This will be the first completely printable firearm. Expectations are not high, but Cody Wilson believes that it will be capable of a few shots before it becomes inoperable. It will be a modern day Liberator pistol, delivered by the internet rather than...
  • Defense Distributed has its Federal Firearms License (3D printed Guns)

    03/18/2013 5:40:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    Defense Distributed has now obtained its Federal Firearms License for manufacturing. Cody Wilsons has said in an arstechnica article, that he will wait for the add on license that allows for manufacture of fully auto firearms before selling some of the guns - or at least receivers - that Defense Distributed prints. Link to arstechnica article
  • Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called "assault weapons," and "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited," will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional "allies") beyond anything we have ever...
  • 3D-printing gun site DEFCAD now attracting 3K visitors an hour, 250K downloads since launch

    02/26/2013 10:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    venturebeat.com ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Ricardo Bilton
    DEFCAD is a website for 3D printing of guns. It’s bathed in controversy, but that’s not preventing it from growing. Since launching in December, DEFCAD has become home to nearly 90 components, including bullet casings, pistol suppressors, and even grenades. More significant, however, are the traffic numbers. Visitors to DEFCAD have to date downloaded over 250,000 files from the site, creator Defense Distributed announced via Twitter today. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. DEFCAD gets an average of 3,000 visitors per hour, representing roughly 2TB of traffic since...
  • 3D printed AR15 3rd Generation Ready for Download (600 rds, no wear)

    02/26/2013 6:54:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    3D printed AR15 3rd Generation Ready for Download (600 rds, no wear) Defense distributed announced that their 3rd generation of 3D printed lowers is ready for distribution. No one knows what the expected life of this lower will be, as it has been used to fire 600 rounds in rapid succession without discernible damage. In the video, right and left handed shooters switch places while firing the test rounds in rapid semi-action mode. It is clear that the shooters are starting to suffer from hand fatigue from so much trigger action. The lower receiver design has been reinforced. The upper...
  • 3D printed Mag good for 347 rounds, Defense Distributed calls it the "Cuomo"

    02/09/2013 1:55:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The Cuomo (30 round AR-15 magazine) is said to have operated for 342 rounds, two thirds of them full auto. This is a complete redesign over the last prototype. The video of the test and even the article by wired.com have been reported blocked by various sites. The design is not available at the site that Defense Distributed has set up for "The Island of Misfit Objects" or DEFCAD . The design is expected to be made available to the public in a few days. As reported earlier, the group is also working on a 40 round magazine for...
  • 3D Printed AR15 Much Improved, More Reliable

    01/11/2013 7:40:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Major improvements have been made in 3D printed AR15 rifles. The part of the rifle that is defined as a gun by federal law is the only part printed. The rest of the parts are commonly available on the free market. People have made guns at home since guns were invented in the 1500’s or before. However, the ability to print out your own AR15 lower receiver at home, without having to use steel files, a grinder, or other home workshop tools, has caught the attention of the public in this digital age. Defense Distributed is the organization that aims...
  • Printed AR-15 Magazine data now free for all

    01/08/2013 8:47:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    Defense Distributed has created a website that is the "island of misfit (firearms) objects" that others have censored from the web. Chief among these are the data to print a complete, functional AR15 magazine, including the spring. The current data is limited to a five round design, but it appears that it could easily be altered to a 10, 20, or 30 round design, especially if the maker is willing to add cheap and reliable steel springs. The necessary springs can be hand made from wire, if desired. Defcad AR-15 Magazine Link Dean Weingarten The link is live at the...
  • Q+A: Cody Wilson Of The Wiki Weapon Project On The 3-D Printed Future of Firearms

    12/28/2012 10:51:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    popsci.com ^ | 21 December, 2012 | Clay Dillow
    The Wiki Weapon project is an initiative undertaken by Defense Distributed, a non-profit headed by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson aimed at generating a freely-distributed, open source design for a 3-D printed firearm--an idea that has come under serious fire from proponents of increased gun control in the U.S., particularly in light of last week’s tragic shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The idea behind the project--embraced by some, absolutely detested by others--is that technology will soon make regulating firearms virtually impossible. That is a very polarizing idea. But to say the...
  • 3-D Printed Gun Only Lasts 6 Shots

    12/03/2012 3:31:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    thunderfeeds.com ^ | 3 December, 2012 | Robert Beckhusen
    Over the weekend, a group of 3-D printing gunsmiths took a partially printed rifle out to test how long its plastic parts survived spewing bullets. The result? Six rounds until it snapped apart....