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05.10.13 Andy Cush

Blueprint files for the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun were pulled offline this week after the State Department requested Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson pull them from his website. The gun, dubbed the Liberator, was being hosted on DEFCAD, a website created by Wilson to host files for firearms and other potentially controversial items, where […]

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03.13.13 Andy Cush

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson debuted DEFCAD, his open-source, unregulated search engine for 3d printing designs, at SXSW this week. Positioning itself as a renegade alternative to MakerBot’s Thingiverse, DEFCAD promises no takedowns of any designs and a focus on the “important things” that big business has an interest in regulating: drugs, medical devices, and […]

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12.21.12 Andy Cush

Though 3D-printing giant MakerBot has long had a rule against uploading any design that “promotes illegal activities or contributes to the creation of weapons” to its Thingiverse file-sharing site, it was only this week that it began enforcing the ban, pulling down several gun-related blueprints. Now, 3D-printed gun manufacturer Defense Distributed–which ANIMAL profiled last month–has […]

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