I reported on a internet gunsmith by the name of “Have Blue” who used a 3D printer to manufacture the lower receiver of an AR-15 to make a fully functional weapon that fired both .22 and .223 caliber ammunition successfully. Recently, another gentleman was attempting to do the same thing. Cody Wilson established the site DefenseDistributed.com in order to facilitate the creation of downloadable gun design blueprints. However, their plans were cut short when the 3D printer they received on lease was immediately picked up by the company claiming they were violating the law in what they were doing.
“They came for it straight up,” Cody Wilson, director of Defense Distributed, the online collective that oversees the Wiki project, tells Danger Room. “I didn’t even have it out of the box.” Wilson, who is a second-year law student at the University of Texas at Austin, had leased the printer earlier in September after his group raised $20,000 online. As well as using the funds to build a pistol, the Wiki Weapon project aimed to eventually provide a platform for anyone to share 3-D weapons schematics online. Eventually, the group hoped, anyone could download the open source blueprints and build weapons at home.