Texas company claims to create first 3D printed gun
Jesse Folk, WCPO Digital
9:14 AM, May 6, 2013
A Texas-based startup has taken 3D printing to a new realm and courted controversy along the way.
According to CNN.com, Defense Distributed has released images and a video of what it says is the first 3D-printed handgun.
Cody Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas, founded the company.
The CNN report states that the majority of the device, labeled the "Liberator," is made mostly out of plastic, except for a nail used as a firing pin and a piece of steel included to make the gun detectable by metal detectors.
Experts said 3D printing is a way of making three-dimensional solid objects from computer models. CNN reports that 3D printers lay down layers of plastic material to create virtually any shape.
CNN says that Defense Distributed plans to eventually publish the plans for the gun, as well as details on its operation. That would allow people with 3D printers to make the device at home.
The device caused concern when reports on it came out earlier. Stratasys, a company that makes 3D printers, confiscated their machine from Defense Distributed last year after the company discovered the printer was being used for gun development, according to CNN.