[hackerspaces] printablegun.com has it's 3d printer siezed

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Tue Oct 2 03:03:11 CEST 2012


This is something I wrote up following the ar lower receiver being
uploaded.  Which for all legal definitions is the ability to print an
automatic weapon off a 3d printer.

I stand by my original stance.  Thingiverse is a library of
engineering specifications.  An AR lower receiver is not ITAR data.
It's not super secret triggering mechanics for a nuclear weapon.  So I
say it's got all the rights to exist and be free as any book.

As for the printing of a gun.  It's no different from machining a gun
with your lathe at home.  Or CNC.  Or etc.

I would not be opposed to a mechanism equivalent to dot print on
commercial 2d printers that we have today.  I have no problem with
that idea at all.  But we can't do that currently.

So I say, freedom means trusting your neighbor to be excellent.  I
live in America and that means I believe in freedom.  So I say good
luck to the folks printing gun parts, I hope they stay safe and adhere
to all local laws.

That's it.


On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Bryce Tugwell <btugwell at fusestudios.com> wrote:
> related article:
> http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/10/3d-gun-blocked/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Top+Stories%29
> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM, Bryce Tugwell <btugwell at fusestudios.com>
> wrote:
>> For better or for worse, Printablegun.com who was/is working on creating a
>> (hand)gun printable on a 3d printer, has had its printer (which evidently
>> was leased(?)) confiscated "before they even got it out of the box" by the
>> company that made the printer (Stratasys). Evidently printablegun.com did a
>> kickstarter style fundraiser, raised $20,000 and "leased" the printer (would
>> love to know if they actually leased it, or if this is the action of a
>> company that is moving on a end user licence agreement...) In any case they
>> showed up at the guys house and took the printer away before it was ever
>> plugged in. (i won't insert my opinion on this right away, I am interested
>> in hearing yours!)
>> Discuss?
>> I am sure there are some lively opinions on this, and I am all ears, I
>> would love to hear thoughs.
>> Also, I am about to post a huge load of photos (well over a thousand) of
>> the Iron pour I attended and participated in this weekend to flickr, I will
>> send out a link when the upload is complete. I made a nice cast iron paella
>> pan that turned out great! I can't wait to do another casting. Interested
>> parties are welcome to join in, but in the future will need to let me know
>> well enough in advance to go over some fairly important safety information
>> in advance.
>> Also, those interested in making a cast iron piece should let me know - I
>> can arrange it if far enough in advance.
>> FYI bronze and aluminium castings opportunities coming in the future as
>> well.
>> Bryce
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