Blueprint For 3D-Printable Gun Downloaded 100,000 Times In A Few Days

3d-printable gunFiles for a printable gun which is immune to metal detectors were downloaded briskly for two days, before the gun’s inventors and Kim Dotcom’s Mega site removed them at the government’s behest. A few days ago Forbes reported:

[100,000] is the number of downloads of the 3D-printable CAD files for the so-called “Liberator” gun that the high-tech gunsmithing group Defense Distributed has seen in just the last two days.

The State Department has now demanded Defense Distributed take down its printable gun files due to possible export control violations.

The controversial gun-printing group [was] hosting those files on Kim Dotcom’s Mega storage site. It’s also been uploaded to the filesharing site the Pirate Bay, where it’s quickly become one of the most popular files in the site’s 3D-printing category.

It’s worth noting that only a fraction of those who download the printable gun file will ever try to actually create one. Defense Distributed used an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST to print their prototype, a 3D printer that the vast majority of its fans won’t have access to.

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  • emperorreagan

    Is the State Department worried that 3D printing will mean US gun manufacturers will have competition in flooding foreign markets with firearms?

    • Hadrian999

      it’s something to new to scare the masses, I remember when people were freaked out about ceramic guns that could get through metal detectors

  • Christopher Ross

    A gun that can only be fired once and may possibly explode causing harm to the user even during that one shot? This isn’t worth worrying over. It’s not like the design is easily concealed. Zip-guns aren’t new.

  • Hadrian999

    the gun may be immune to metal detectors but according to the report I read it still required a metal firing pin and well metal ammunition.

  • echar

    This seems reckless.

    • echar

      Phantom down-voter strikes again!

      • Matt Staggs

        Don’t worry. I have an anonymous stalker who downvotes everything I post within seconds. Consider it a compliment that you have angered someone badly enough that they burn daylight doing something so meaningless.

        • Calypso_1

          that one was from me just for fun, 8 min, but I beat them to it.

          • Andrew

            Did you know that Disqus won’t let you downvote your own comments?

          • Calypso_1

            Yep. & you have to be logged in to downvote…so at some point the anonymity chain is broken.

          • Andrew

            My sponsor warned me about this.

          • Calypso_1

            Is that similar to a handler?

          • Calypso_1

            Now that they have been lured into action I have reversed my position.

        • Andrew

          It’s Pur Singh. They’re all Pur Singh.

          • Matt Staggs

            Pur Singh was sent to contemplate trolling on the Tree of Woe. He’s gone now.

          • Calypso_1
          • echar

            There is only one way of knowing. Mention prostitutes.

          • Calypso_1

            No longer the Punjabi. Look to the Sudan.

          • Calypso_1

            No longer the Punjabi. Look to the Sudan.

          • Andrew

            I’m not convinced (yet). Too little ad hominem.

          • Calypso_1

            Just wait, a refractory period perhaps. This dissasociation after such extreme displacement might stem from the respite & fatigue of self-somatization.

          • Calypso_1

            Case closed.

        • echar

          It’s touching.

  • Apathesis

    Kalifornia is already trying to heavily regulate the sale and ownership of 3D printers.

    • Hadrian999

      for the life of me I’ll never understand why people choose to live in California or NY

      • kowalityjesus

        its self-sustaining hype, but hype with an unexplainable yet relevant basis.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    The medium is the message as materials, mechanisms, and manufacture.

  • Robert Lai

    Baby steps, baby steps… still, a future where a gun can be downloaded as easily as an illegal song… that’s something we’re going to have to start thinking about.

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