In case anyone thought the problem with that 3D-printed handgun was "lack of selection."
The first fully 3D-printed handgun, The Liberator, was successfully test fired a few months ago, and it seems like it may have kicked off a 3D-printed arms race. A Canadian gunsmith who goes by the YouTube username "ThreeD Ukulele" has one-upped The Liberator by creating the first 3D-printed rifle, "The Grizzly".Read More
In a perhaps unsurprising turn of events, the U.S. State Department is uncomfortable with the idea that people can download plans for the Liberator -- a 3D-printed plastic gun capable of firing a single round -- online. Apparently, that sort of thing may be in violation of laws governing arms trafficking. Defense Distributed, the open source weapon firearms aficionados behind the project have received a request to remove files containing blueprints for the Liberator from their site, which they've complied with. The Pirate Bay, though, also has copies of the files available for download, and, well, they're not exactly quick to take things down in the face of government requests.Read More
It seems like just the other day we were bringing you the first footage of a 3D-printed plastic gun being test fired, mostly because it was totally just the other day. Since video of the successful test fire and plans for the gun -- a single-shot affair known as the Liberator -- were posted earlier this week, more than 100,000 people have downloaded the instructions and blueprints for the weapon. Meanwhile, proving that Newton's third law of motion holds up pretty much everywhere, a California State Senator is already drafting a bill to outlaw 3D-printed guns in that state.Read More
Last Friday, we brought you news of the Liberator, the world's first firearm created using nearly entirely 3D-printed parts. This weekend brought the update that the one-shot Liberator -- a pistol made entirely of ABS plastic with the exception of a nail you can find at any hardware store as the firing pin -- has been successfully test fired by its lead designer, Cody Wilson. And courtesy of Forbes' Andy Greenberg, here's the video to prove it.Read More