UT Student's Printable Gun On Display This Month at Prestigious British Design Museum

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Just in time for next week's London Design Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum -- the world's largest repository of post-classical sculpture and East Asian and Islamic ceramics -- will feature the work of a Texan that just might stand out: University of Texas law student Cody Wilson's printable gun.

Seated in the Royal Burrough of Kensington and Chelsea, the museum, founded in 1852 and named for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, had this to say about its latest acquisition: "The invention of this so called 'wiki weapon' sparked intense debate and upended discussions about the benefits of new manufacturing technologies and the unregulated sharing of designs online. The V&A has acquired two Liberator prototypes, one disassembled gun and a number of archive items to enhance its collection of 3D printed objects and represent a turning point in debates around digital manufacturing."

Wilson has maintained he's more interested in the "democratization" of gun manufacturing than he is in the guns themselves, though last time we checked, his company, Defense Distributed, was forging ahead with manufacturing space provided by a San Antonio defense firm.

He apparently test-fired the "The Liberator" -- created with a metal nail that acts as a firing pin and a set of components fed by computer into an $8,000 3-D printer purchased on eBay -- back in May. He plans to put the blueprints online, free of charge. All that's needed is a rare, incredibly expensive 3-D printer, which means, for now at least, we shouldn't hyperventilate too much about criminals printing out entire arsenals. In the U.S., the wiki-weapon became the logical extreme of firearms proliferation in an increasingly armed society.

In the rarefied halls of the V&A, in a country with a largely disarmed populace, the printable gun is among "the best and most exciting design projects of our time. This year's acquisitions reflect an interesting combination of new technologies working with traditional crafts," V&A director Martin Roth said.


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roo_ster
roo_ster

"All that's needed is a rare, incredibly expensive 3-D printer..."

Yeah, not so much.

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http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-high-resolution-3D-DLP-printer-3D-printer/ 

"I have to admit that I have not been active on Instructables for quite a while now, this because we (yes it is we now :D) have been busy developing a 3D printer. A 3D dlp printer to be exact, an open source high resolution 3D DLP printer to be even more exact.
We have now finished version 1.0 and now it is time to share our learnings with the rest of the world. 

Why did we work on a 3D printer?
Well as you all know the world needs more 3D printers, more platforms for creation, more freedom. More possible ways to show your epic awesomeness in creation. And most of all the freedom to design and fabricate exactly what you need, when you need it without any barriers. In short 3D printers are awesome, you can never have enough 3D printers.

 

http://www.pinterest.com/finklean/diy-3d-printers/

"This is a collection of 3D printer kits commercially available at the moment. They come unassembled and require the user to assemble and calibrate. This keeps the cost of the device down and allows the user to gain intimate knowledge of their device by assembling themselves."

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

"RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine.

RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend..."

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 Isn't that last one a kick?  _Self-replicating_ 3D printer.  It is like Skynet for anti-gunners.  Ain't gonna shove that toothpaste back into the tube any time soon.  

And the pinterest link shows puh-lenty of kits for less than $1000.




dallas_dude
dallas_dude

I think you're uninformed.  Making your own gun, even out of plastic, hasn't been a challenge for the last 20 years.  Moreover, what makes you think someone is going to go through the process of buying a printer, buying the material, printing the object, WAITING FOR THE PRINT, assembling  the device, and having to deal with incredibly unreliability of a plastic gun...

versus paying $200 bucks and getting a real gun in a parking lot in south dallas?

Have you ever been to a gun show?  People buy and trade guns in the parking lot w/ no restrictions.  Straight cash...

roo_ster
roo_ster

@dallas_dude Dude, you missed the point.  Or, rather, _several_ points.


And I prefer to sell/buy private party near the guy who trains dogs and perches his female American Bull Dog on top of a pedestal or garbage can at the Dallas-area shows.  My kids love that dog and can pet and love on it while I talk turkey.

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