Just when you thought the world couldn't get any crazier. No more matching weapons to bullets in forensics, with disposable printed guns. Make your own guns for drive by shootings. Gun control? Hah! Gun licenses? Hah! Things of the past. Everybody can be an arms dealer, with untraceable weapons.
A few months ago, a gun enthusiast named Micahel Guslick printed the lower receiver of a .22 caliber pistol using a commercial 3D printer. Then he shot it. And a bullet came out. Now his blueprints are all over the internet--along with his defiant cries of glory.“It's had over 200 rounds of .22 through it so far and runs great!” Guslick boasted.... with the direction that 3D printing technology is going, fully printable rifles will likely become a possibility within the next few years--if not sooner. High-end 3D printers can already print not only plastics but also metal and ceramic, and these printers will grow increasingly affordable as technology improves.Unfortunately, the legality of these printed guns may just hold up in a court of law. It raises some tricky questions regarding licensing, detectibility, sales and export possibilities...
This may be a tipping point for violence, decreasing average lifespan and social stability. I hadn't envisioned this nuance when Susan Blackmore warned of temes. But online plans for a weapon printer capable of making more weapons printers sounds like information getting the upper hand over humanity to me.
They just confiscated the one printer owned by Defense Distributed. The next people to do this won't announce it to the public, they'll create their products and distribute the plans more covertly through the underground internet.
A US project to create a printable gun has been derailed after the company supplying the 3D printer withdrew it.
"In this case, this was being done very overtly and trying to prove a point. I am far more concerned about the people who aren't publicising it."
Mr Goodman predicts that 3D printing could be the next battleground in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. And it won't just be weapons that will be printed online.
Very interesting Ruth.
The comments in the FAQ of http://defensedistributed.com are interesting.
Here's one of the comments: