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Victoria & Albert Museum Acquires World’s First 3D-Printed Gun


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, though they will keep them indefinitely.

“What happened in May is getting put behind glass,” said Cody Wilson, the Liberator’s creator. “It will now be this curated, permanent cultural provocation.”

Read ANIMAL’s November 2012 profile on Wilson and Defense Distributed here.