|3D Printed AR-15 shell
Source: Defence Distributed
Defense Distributed, a new company that planned to help average people create firearms at home with 3D printers has had their equipment seized by the manufacturer after news of their controversial project was picked up by the media.
There are many technologies that are beginning to emerge in the consumer market that have the potential to radically disrupt the status quo and shift the power balance on this earth in favor of the general population.
This has been the debate about 3D printer technology in the past year as Wikiweapon began to grow in popularity and gather press recognition. Wikiweapon was a project that intended to share open-source blueprints for 3-D printed guns, allowing anyone with the right equipment to manufacture a firearm from their home. In fact, this project merely planned to accomplish what is already possible, just on a larger scale. There have actually been people who have printed working, firing guns from a 3D printer. In June, Michael “HaveBlue” Guslick reported on his blog about successfully test-firing a homemade gun whose key component, the lower receiver, he made from ABS plastic on a ’90s-era Stratasys FDM 1600 3D printer.
For Defense Distributed and the Wikiweapon project, it already has been a long and difficult battle. This is not the first time that they have had the plug pulled on their operation.The project also faced difficulties in late August, when IndieGogo shut down the project’s campaign, citing a terms of service violation regarding the sale of firearms. Unphased, the group turned to Bitcoin and raised $20,000 to rent the Stratasys 3D printer which was ultimately taken back.
There is good news though: the creators of this project are determined to fight the power and do all of the difficult legwork to make it easier for people in the future to freely use this kind of technology. After his printer was seized Wilson told Wired that: “We want everyone else to not have to do these things, so fine, we’ll do them, we’ll fool around with it, we’ll pay the thousands of dollars per year, It’s just disgusting. I hate that that’s the way it is, but that’s apparently the regulatory landscape.”
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