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The Liberator: Test-Firing The World's First 3D-Printed Gun


The world's first 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, has had its liberty taken away by the government.

The files are being removed from public access. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.



Liberator - Dawn of the Wiki Weapons

Inventor and University of Texas law student Cody Wilson demonstrates a pistol manufactured by a 3-D printer.

"I recognize that this tool may be used to harm people."

Read the full story of the world's first fully 3D-printed gun.

Update: Defense Distributed’s political opponents aren’t waiting around for its printable gun to be finished and uploaded before calling for it to be banned. 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.”



Remote test-firing the Liberator

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All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic with a Dimension SST printer from 3D printing company Stratasys, with the exception of 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.

Of course, Defcad’s users may not adhere to so many rules. Once the file is online, anyone will be able to download and print the gun in the privacy of their garage, legally or not, with no serial number, background check, or other regulatory hurdles. “You can print a lethal device,” Wilson told me last summer. “It’s kind of scary, but that’s what we’re aiming to show.”

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. So far those pieces have included high capacity ammunition magazines for AR-15s and AK-47s, as well as an AR lower receiver, the body of that semi-automatic rifle to which off-the-shelf components like a stock and barrel can be attached.

Those early experiments have made Cody Wilson into one of the most controversial figures in the 3D printing community. In October of last year, Stratasys seized a printer it had rented to Defense Distributed after the company learned how its machine was being used. New York congressman Steve Israel has responded to Defense Distributed’s work by introducing a bill that would renew the Undetectable Firearms Act with new provisions aimed specifically at 3D printed components. In January, personal 3D printing firm Makerbot removed all gun components from Thingiverse, its popular site for hosting users’ printable designs.



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Reader Comments (10)

Great, just great. Now congress is going to pass a law banning nails!
May 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM | Unregistered Commenteranon
With the NRA shouting "guns for all", it's difficult to take any gun-related issue seriously anymore. There are, however three points I want to bring to your attention regarding 3D guns. The first is their undetectability. Sure you need real bullets but the gun itself might as well be a tupperware box. The second is that we sometimes forget that we're living in the states, and not in the other 90+% of the world where guns are "illegal". The other thing you may not have considered (and in your defense it plays less into the argument) are the guys making these first models. Case in point: the San Francisco Chronicle describes. the maker of the now second prototype (it fires real bullets) - http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=GHJRO7TH9GR4&preview=article&linkid=61ad9888-7b62-43a7-9ca0-38db3871999f&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d. To me, that's the scary part.
May 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Unregistered Commenterellen

The world's first 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, has had its liberty taken away by the government.

Plans for the working handgun were posted online Monday by Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, potentially allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to make a firearm from plastic. The plans, which had been in the works for months, caused alarm among gun control advocates but were seen by some Second Amendment advocates as a breakthrough. More than 100,000 copies of the plans were downloaded before the federal government took the files.

“[Defense Distributed's] files are being removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls," read a banner atop the website. "Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”
Wilson tells FoxNews.com that he decided to comply to a request by the Pentagon to take down the gun specs from his website while he weighs his legal options.

May 10, 2013 at 12:56 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
That did not take long...
May 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
it is not a bout peece this faschists downt want the arm industry goes poor
May 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterHans Wahler
Here are several amazing pics of items made via 3D printing from Reuters:


They can do this on the nanoscale too!
Sep 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Breakthrough in 3D technology as new technique regenerates complex nerves


As 3D printing gains pace in the medical field, a national team of researchers has announced the development a groundbreaking 3D-printed guide that helps regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury.
Sep 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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