A bit slow to warm up the engines, law enforcement officials in the U.S. and Australia have begun issuing warnings to law enforcement agencies and the public about the dangers of 3D-printing guns. Pro: Video of a printed gun exploding! Con: Their concerns are misplaced.
The organization's goal is to evaporate the container described by the Second Amendment, making obtaining a firearm trivial enough that even trying to place restrictions on gun manufacturing becomes useless.
As reported by Betabeat.com, the State Department has asked Defense Distributed to remove its plans for the 'Liberator," the group's first fully 3D-printable gun.
Since their release on the web on Monday, the Defense Distributed plans for a 3D-printable pistol have been downloaded 100,000 times. The number of weapons successfully printed from those designs, however, appears to be exactly 100,000 fewer. Although it's not for a lack of trying.
If you would like to be a gun owner, you will need the following things as of next week: a 3D-printer, Internet access, and a nail. Defense Distributed, the libertarian group focused on creating shareable 3D firearm models, now has a working prototype.
With each day that passes, Congress' efforts to curb automatic weapons and high capacity magazines becomes more irrelevant — and maybe not so much because of politics as technology.
In his State of the Union address and his road show to tell a manufacturing plan as a job creator, the president has called 3D printing "the future." But a look at the rapidly growing industry's challenges reveals that it may not be growing as fast as the president would like.
Just a couple of months after everybody freaked out at the idea of some guys in Texas inventing a 3D-printed gun for the masses, those crazy guys finally produced a working prototype. "Working" might be an overstatement.
A husband-wife team of researchers at Washington State University can manufacture bones with 3D printing technology, a breakthrough idea they hope will change the future of medicine.
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