Forbes: Cody Wilson's 3D-Printable Gun Project Hits Its Fundraising Goal Despite Being Booted Off Indiegogo!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 09:51
Andy Greenberg, Forbes Staff | 9/20/2012 @ 9:49AM |3,025 views
A firearm anyone can download and print in their own home may be the most controversial application yet of consumer 3D printing. But some gunlovers, it seems, want to see it happen badly enough to put their wallets behind it.
This week, the so-called Wiki Weapon Project, an initiative that aims to design and build the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun, met its goal of raising $20,000 from Internet donors, according to the group’s spokesperson, University of Texas law student Cody Wilson. That’s about ten times the amount the project had managed to raise through the crowdsourced fundraising site Indiegogo when the donation platform summarily booted the printable gun project from its website last month and refunded the group’s pool of contributions to donors.
Wilson says he sees the fact that more contributors came through for the project despite Indiegogo’s rejection as a sign of the wide appeal of his goal: allowing anyone to create a firearm at home with cheap, easily available 3D-printing tools. “They wanted to get this done,” he says. “I think it shows they really believe in a future where the gun is inalienable…a kind of faith in American individualism, the sovereignty of the individual.”