If there’s one area of 3D printer technology that’s generating headlines it’s the 3D printed guns from Defense Distributed. This documentary film produced by Motherboard charts the progress of the 3D printed gun movement that is being driven forward by Cody Wilson, a 25 year-old law student studying at the University of Texas.
Defense Distributed is a organization that was started by Wilson in 2012 with the aim of creating a completely 3D printed firearm. They have already printed oversized gun magazines and AR15 lower receivers and have recently been granted a license to make and sell weapons.
In the video Wilson explains the ethos of his printable gun movement and shows the progress they have made to advance their aims. Many are predicting that 3D printers used in this way will render gun laws obsolete, but there is still some debate as to whether existing laws need to be amended.
A fully 3D printed gun is still some way off but if Cody Wilson has his way in the future anyone with a 3D printer at home could create their own firearm.