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.

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

  1. emperorreagan | May 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm |

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

    • Hadrian999 | May 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

      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

  2. Christopher Ross | May 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm |

    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.

  3. Hadrian999 | May 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm |

    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.

  4. This seems reckless.

  5. Apathesis | May 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

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

    • Hadrian999 | May 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm |

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

      • kowalityjesus | May 15, 2013 at 3:20 am |

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

  6. Chaos_Dynamics | May 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm |

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

  7. Robert Lai | May 15, 2013 at 12:57 am |

    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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