With great power comes great responsibility. Despite its many advantages, 3D Printing is not immune to its fair share of controversy.
On the 6th of May 2013, Defence Distributed founder Cody Wilson published the first ever blueprints for a fully functioning 3D printed gun, with the rather unnerving name; “The Liberator”. From a technical stand-point, this was quite the achievement, as this gun could be fully constructed with printed parts, except for a common household nail used as the firing pin. Something I dare say MacGyver might have been impressed by, knowing his knack for ingenuity and cunning nature.
The Liberator, disassembled.
Unsurprisingly, within the first hours of its release, over 100,000 copies of the design had been downloaded and the State Departments efforts to take the blueprints down were futile.
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