Episode 3: 3D Printable Guns

On this edition of Nerd Absurd, the boys talk about 3D printed guns with their first guest, Leland Flynn.  (Leland is a Geekbeat.tv contributor, and he also has his own blog, This 8-bit Life.)

The podcast centers on a start-up that had its leased 3D printer seized by the leasing company upon the discovery that it would be used to prototype 3D gun drawings:

Defense Distributed is a collective that raised $20,000 in BitCoins to lease a 3D printer and develop and prototype a 3D printed pistol. Stratasys, the manufacturer of the printer, seized it from the home of Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson, after a heated email exchange in which the Stratasys counsel said that “It is the policy of Stratasys not to knowingly allow its printers to be used for illegal purposes.”

As it turns out, Andrew’s a little bit of a gun expert, and he discusses the current laws with regard to gun manufacturing. The guys then hash out the implications for patents and copyrights when consumers can begin printing their own replacement parts or product replicas. Finally, they talk about one-shot guns, guns that aren’t made of metal, and concerns that 3D printers will be overly restricted as a result.

Oh, and if you happen to care, here’s the link to the list of forbidden weapons in Texas.  You know, just in case: Texas Penal Code listing of prohibited weapons.

Toy Gun Picture © 2008 Glen Walters, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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