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April 7, 2013
3d print anarchy targets US pro- and anti-gun control crossfire. The website called Thingiverse.com presented this cutting edge technology to the public, featuring printing of almost any object except for weapons.
The company’s slogan says “Happen to future before it happens to you”. Their website also claims “We’re hoping that together we can create a community of people who create and share designs freely, so that all can benefit from them”.
Experts are worried as 3D printing technology may soon be used by others for unauthorized printing of guns. But a company representative says though that users cannot download to the website anything deemed to weapon.
At the moment Thingiverse.com features almost 40,000 downloadable items.
A 25-year-old from Texas has already released a free downloadable instruction on how to print a gun without even leaving your home.
Cody Wilson is an American crypto-anarchist, market anarchist, and law student. He is best known as the founder and director of Defense Distributed, a non-profit organization that develops and publishes open source gun designs, so-called “Wiki Weapons,” suitable for 3D printing. Wilson has been named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world by Wired magazine.
According to the Defense Distributed website, the nonprofit is organized and operated for charitable and literary purposes, specifically “to defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute… such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.”
The websites’s “Manifesto” page presents a string of quotations from American and British historical figures than can be broadly read to support the right to arms and freedom of speech.
The organization’s motivations have been described as “less about [a] gun… than about democratizing manufacturing technology,” but to date, the only direct explication of Defense Distributed’s purpose has been in a speech given by Wilson at a Bitcoin conference in London.
In an interview with Slashdot, Cody Wilson discussed the organization’s Wiki Weapon project as a chance to “experiment with Enlightenment ideas… to literally materialize freedom.”