Michael Stuart Kelly Posted May 21, 2013 Share Posted May 21, 2013 Cody Wilson and Gun PrintingAs was mentioned several times here on OL, it is now possible to print fully functioning plastic guns with a 3D printer. The first person in the world to do so is Cody Wilson.Here's a section from the Wikipedia article on him I just linked:In 2012, Wilson and associates as Defense Distributed started the Wiki Weapon Project to raise funds for designing a 3D printable gun. Wilson is to date the only spokesperson on behalf of the organization, of which he describes himself as a "co-founder" and "director."Learning of these plans, manufacturer Stratasys threatened legal action and demanded return of the 3D printer it had leased to Wilson. On September 26, 2012, before the printer was assembled for use, Wilson received an email from Stratasys claiming that he was using the printer "for illegal purposes". Stratasys immediately cancelled its lease with Wilson and sent a team to confiscate the printer the next day. Subsequently, Wilson was questioned by the ATF when visiting the ATF field office in Austin to inquire about legalities and regulations relating to the Wiki Weapons project. Since then, he has been granted a Federal Firearms License which allows him to manufacture and distribute his created pieces.In May 2013, it was reported that Wilson was successful in manufacturing and conducting a test firing of a gun made by use of a 3D printer bought on eBay. After test firing in May, Wilson also released blueprints of the design on the internet. I went ahead and left in the footnote numbers to encourage interested readers to go to the Wikipedia article itself and look at the references. There are some really cool articles linked at the bottom.Glenn Beck just interviewed Cody if anyone wants to see what he's like in person. They both raise some interesting freedom ideas. People in our subculture should be all over this. Some are to some extent, but this issue cuts so deep, it will have far-reaching consequences on the future in a high-tech world and the kind of government we will eventually have.Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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