Episode 3: 3D Printable Guns
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.