October 2, 2012 AT 5:43 am

3-D Printer Company Seizes Machine From Desktop Gunsmith

3-D Printer Company Seizes Machine From Desktop Gunsmith @ Wired.com.

Cody Wilson planned in the coming weeks to make and test a 3-D printed pistol. Now those plans have been put on hold as desktop-manufacturing company Stratasys pulled the lease on a printer rented out for Wiki Weapon, the internet project lead by Wilson and dedicated to sharing open-source blueprints for 3-D printed guns. Stratasys even sent a team to seize the printer from Wilson’s home.

“They came for it straight up,” Cody Wilson, director of Defense Distributed, the online collective that oversees the Wiki project, tells Danger Room. “I didn’t even have it out of the box.” Wilson, who is a second-year law student at the University of Texas at Austin, had leased the printer earlier in September after his group raised $20,000 online. As well as using the funds to build a pistol, the Wiki Weapon project aimed to eventually provide a platform for anyone to share 3-D weapons schematics online. Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home.

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4 Comments

  1. Oh that’s a great idea.

    because guns are absolutely not harmful it’s totally fine if everybody could print their own.

  2. CH23, there are plenty of laws governing the use of firearms in the United States. You’ll note that they do little to dissuade murderers and thieves. If you do your research, you’ll also discover that there are thousands upon thousands of law-abiding firearms owners in the country who do not accidentally shoot themselves or let their firearms fall into the hands of untrained minors.

    You can be burnt or electrocuted by playing around with soldering irons and electronics, yet I don’t hear of anybody wishing to ban those.

    I would much rather live in a country where everybody has the *choice* to print their own firearms than one in which a nanny government or collection of hand-wringing concern trolls decide what’s appropriate for everybody.

  3. well, guns dont kill people, people kill people.

    but yeah, this is a hugly stupid idea, and i like guns.

    then again, my grand father and father taught me to treat a gun like its loaded, never point it at anything you dont want dead, never look down the barrel (*ever!*).

    and this is dangerous to the user as well. (guns cost a lot for a reason. the pressures are very high.)

    this really scares me. but i guess its the stupid people that think this is a good idea that scare me even more.

  4. Fear and Loathing in action!

    YES, it’s an incredibly bad idea to try to make explosive/projectile weapons out of low-strength materials.

    And YES, it’s been possible for people to make guns themselves since the INVENTION of guns. This project is just an exploration of different materials and technologies.

    And NO, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. I think it’s ludicrous that the owner of the printer thinks he can control what somebody prints. If Wilson was a “bad guy”, he wouldn’t have broadcast what he was intending to do; he would just be DOING it in the privacy of his little shack in the woods.

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