Category Archives: guns

Unpacking America’s downloadable 3D printed guns

Today is the day that Defense Distributed’s 3D printable gun models were due to go online. In case you missed it, on 10 July 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice decided to overturn a ban on the digital distribution of files that can be downloaded and used to make 3D printed guns. The debate, and […]

U.S. Government lifts ban on Cody Wilson’s 3D printed guns, Senvol joins armaments consortium

In a seismic decision from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and U.S. Department of State (DOS), Cody Wilson’s open-source 3D printed firearm file sharing site Defense Distributed is no longer banned from distributing 3D models of guns. In the legal battle it was deemed that the ban was in breach of the First Amendment […]

The 3D Printed Apache Attack Helicopter: Satirical Shot at 3D Printed Weapon Laws?

By Tyler Koslow

3D printing technology has assisted in creating parts for a number of airplanes and helicopters across the globe. From Turbomeca’s 3D printed fuel injector nozzles to the environmental control system for the Bell Helicopter, this emerging technology has helped ease the load for certain traditional manufacturing methods. But has this use of 3D printing technology finally gone too far? One 3D printing hobbyist from Australia, named Darren Stuckman, is (facetiously) 3D printing a full-sized and fully operational Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter off of his domestic 3D printer, taking military-grade power and putting it the hands of the dangerous Maker community.…

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Cody Wilson Hints the Release of 3D Printable AR-15

By Michael Molitch-Hou

It’s been awhile since we had to cover news of gun printing advocacy group Defense Distributed and its crypto-anarchist leader, Cody Wilson.  But it’s a new year and the fear surrounding 3D printed guns has to be stirred up again before 2016 gets completely under way.  Yesterday, UK tabloid The Daily Mirror has done what gossip rags do and stirred up gossip about the potential of terrorists getting their hands on 3D printed machine guns after revealing that Wilson and Defense Distributed had created plans for a 3D printable AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.…

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3D Printed Guns Back on Trial Again in Australia

By Tyler Koslow

One of the very first and still most controversial uses of 3D printing by the general public is the ability to manufacture guns. The potential to freely model and 3D print a lethal weapon within the confines of your own home has absolutely frightened some figures in governments across the world. In the state of California, officials passed Senate Bill 808 which required 3D printed guns to contain detectable components, while in Queensland, Australia, the government proposed outright bans not only on the manufacturing and distribution of 3D printed guns, but also outlawed the sharing of the digital blueprints behind them.…

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Update: Defense Distributed Takes 3D Printed Gun Battle to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

By Davide Sher

It is always fascinating to observe the workings of the American justice system, especially in complex and modern cases such as this involving the distribution of “delicate” virtual content. Even more so when this content involves guns and even more so when those guns are 3D printable.
Ever since the creation of its Defdist.org network for the free distribution of 3D printable gun models and the Ghost Gunner systems to assemble weapons, Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed has given us tons of material to analyze and discuss.…

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Don’t Let 3D Printed Guns Ruin a Good Thing – 3D Printing Will Change the World for the Better

By Chris Elsworthy

We can all agree that 3D printing is an amazing technology, and one which has the ability to constantly surprise and delight us. Whether it’s new ways to print prosthetics, or just create 3D printed flowers for your home, it seems like 3D printing is starting to have an impact on every aspect of our lives. For most of us this is incredibly exciting, but it has started to worry others.
In particular some people are worried about the advent of 3D printed guns.…

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AR-15 with 3D Printed Lower Receiver Seized in Oregon

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Back when the 3D printable Liberator pistol was unveiled two years ago, it foreshadowed the rise of 3D printed guns.  And, as dangerous as they may be for those firing them, it was as inevitable as the ability to download music illegally that amateur gunsmithers around the world would take advantage of this new, affordable manufacturing method to print guns and gun parts. Slowly, we’ve seen a rise in 3D printed guns and gun paraphernalia spring up in countries with varying levels of gun control, from Australia to Japan to the US. …

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Power, Guns, and 3D Printing: Artist Brian Sandilands’ 3D Printed Gun Show

By Michael Molitch-Hou

While at 3D Print Week in New York this year, the 3DPI team got the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people and many of them weren’t even exhibiting or speaking at the event.  In terms of technological innovation, the most exciting may have been Andres Bienzobas, for his full-color 3D printing technology.  But, in terms of artistic innovation, I was definitely taken in by one young artist named Brian Sandilands, who showed us, on his iPhone, a variety of 3D printed pieces that he’d recently exhibited as part of a larger installation titled “The 3D Printed Gun Show”.…

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Rep. Steve Israel Renews Fight for Undetectable Gun Control

By Michael Molitch-Hou

In the endless saga that is the the story of the 3D printed gun, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), has made an official announcement that he will attempt to pass legislation to better control undetectable firearms, including 3D printed guns.  Israel, who unsuccessfully attempted to add language to the Undetectable Firearms Act, H.R. 3626 in 2013 that would specifically ban the 3D printing of guns, recently stated that he would consider to do so again.  Yesterday, at La Guardia airport in New York, the congressperson made his remarks official.…

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