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09.25.13 Andy Cush

Cody Wilson, the guy behind Defense Distributed and the controversial face of 3D-printed guns, is now turning to another bastion of techno-libertarianism: Bitcoin. He’s partnering with Bitcoin veteran Amir Taaki to create Dark Wallet, a browser plugin that hopes to present a user-friendly way to store and exchange the virtual currency. Of course, this being […]

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09.16.13 Andy Cush

Here’s the latest addition to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s permanent collection: the Liberator, the world’s first 3D-printed gun. The London design museum “acquired two Liberator prototypes, one disassembled gun, and a number of archive items” from Defense Distributed, the company behind the Liberator, and displayed them this weekend as part of the London Design Festival, […]

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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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02.08.13 Andy Cush

Yesterday, the 3D-printed gun operation Defense Distributed –whom ANIMAL profiled recently— posted the above video, which shows an assault rifle emptying 30 rounds from a new 3D-printed magazine design. The magazine’s name? The “Cuomo” after the New York governor, who recently signed a bill banning all magazines larger than seven rounds. “He [Cuomo] wants to […]

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01.18.13 Andy Cush

New York Democratic Congressman Steve Israel hopes to federally outlaw 3D-printed guns and magazines this December, when the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 expires and goes up for renewal. The act, which outlaws the manufacture, sale, and possession of plastic guns that could pass through x-rays and metal detectors without setting them off, does not […]

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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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