Feds Order 3D Gun Blueprints Taken Offline
Defense Distributed will comply after 100K downloads in first 2 days
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
The gun's parts, which require a professional-grade 3D printer to produce.   (http://defcad.org/liberator/)

(Newser) – When a company run by a Texas law student posted blueprints online this week for a 3D-printed gun, it logged more than 100,000 downloads in its first two days. Now, the State Department also has taken notice of the gambit by Cody Wilson at Defense Distributed, reports Forbes. It ordered the blueprints for the "Liberator" taken down, and Wilson is complying. The feds are investigating whether the blueprints violate arms-trafficking laws.

This is a fight Wilson wants, writes Andy Greenberg. "Defense Distributed’s radical libertarian and anarchist founder says he’s been seeking to highlight exactly this issue, that a 3D-printable gun can’t be stopped from spreading around the global Internet no matter what legal measures governments take." Adds Jessica Roy at BetaBeat: "Of course, since this is the Internet, the files are already all over the web, even though Mr. Wilson complied with the takedown." (Click to read one columnist's view that 3D guns are nothing to worry about. Although Chuck Schumer disagrees.)

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May 14, 2013 1:08 AM CDT
As a BSME (Mechanical Design Engr) I'd be concerned about strength of materials using a plastic gun. Plastics have NO fatigue strength, so after some period of use you'd have to replace stressed parts. A rule of thumb used by designers is that the strength of a nut only has to be 3/4 that of a screw, so if brass cartridge strength is 44ksi, the surrounding plastic needs to be 33ksi tensile strength- there's no such animal maybe Kevlar as most high strength plastics fall short of 10ksi tensile strength and NONE have fatigue limits Plastic guns? you're talking one shots, maybe a few more before it starts to come apart- not a good idea
May 13, 2013 11:42 AM CDT
Yeah...well...whatever anyone thinks, once it's placed out there in cyberspace, it's there for good. In the future NO ONE will be able to run for president. Thank you Internet.
May 12, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
One can still fill a beer bottle with petrol and stuff a rag in the neck