27 votes

Forbes: Cody Wilson's 3D-Printable Gun Project Hits Its Fundraising Goal Despite Being Booted Off Indiegogo!

Pix: Cody Wilson with his AK-47, which he has named "Individual Mandate."

3D-Printable Gun Project Hits Its Fundraising Goal Despite Being Booted Off Indiegogo

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.”

Continue at Forbes



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

anyone else on this 'indiegogo' site or considering them

should shop elsewhere if they have the sense to see that, however they might feel about guns, the site is run by fascists who might not like their idea, either.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

So much for gun control...

This will be even harder to regulate than the Internet.

An armed society is a peaceful society.

I predict a government restriction of, and black market for,

the 3d ink itself.

Pretty much the only thing you can't print more of...

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

The Revolution

The revolution may not be televised but it just might be printed.

Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement or encouragement to any such action. It is just a joke.

Daily Paul member Quote of the Day

!!!

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

once you can print your own bazooka... I m in for one of these

imagine a do it yourself bazooka maker!! HOW FUN!!! IS THERE EVEN A BETTER ADULT TOY IN THE WORLD??

"THE DO-IT-YOURSELF BAZOOKA MAKER"
"keeping governments at bay"

Garan's picture

Socially Irresponsible

Does anyone else think that given a choice, it would be better for the 3D printing world if it developed into everyday life before raising the question of privately printed fire arms?

Raising negative attention to a revolutionary device (the 3D printer) this early in the evolution of technological social integration may create highly restrictive growth. ..probably the opposite desire of the one wanting to be the first (..one to popularize gun printing).

Ohh well. One more quelled benefit to humanity. Houray!

As far as creating the cad

As far as creating the cad files, scanners already exist that will create the file. While, at this point, they are beyond the hobbyist level, that will change soon enough. a search on youtube for 3d printing will bring up many examples of very complex moving objects being printed. One example is the scanning of a crescent wrench and then printing an exact, seemingly very strong resin replica. This type of printing can also be done with metal. One of the large aircraft manufacturers are making parts this way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ-aWFYT_SU

The more people put thus out

The more people put thus out in the open the faster it will be cracked down on.

It would be nice if someone downloaded

the file and re-posted it as a torrent before it gets taken down so they can't track the downloads from that site. I wouldn't doubt that it is why they haven't remove the file even after they say they have banned guns on it.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Guess Im new to what 3D

Guess Im new to what 3D printing is. You can use a printer to create a physical product? wow.

see:

http://www.dailypaul.com/249748/hot-off-your-printer-3d-beef...

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Printable Glock

C'mon. Make that happen. Glocks have so few parts and are so simple.

________________________________________

M&P .40 4 parts

M&P .40
4 parts

I'm surprised they didn't go for a revolver, I think that'd

be the simplest start, wouldn't it?

With technology improving it seems the individual may one day be truly free and wholly independent. Not even relying on the economy for ones needs. Though we need a source of energy for that...

Concur! Except for the factory embedded thermo-set metal rails,

but the one current design that you can definitely print?

Sig P250: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=SIG+SAUER+P250&o...

well, at least the lower receiver, which is literally just a shell.

who knows, considering Sig's recent quality control issues and horrible customer service, perhaps a printed one will work better! lol!

oh yeah, but then there's still the issue of ATF-registered firecontrol pack. dang it!

While this is by no means a legal advice, and anyone who chooses to go that route, do so at his/her own risk, there's one rifle you can print, 'bend' as long as you don't sell it, and solely keep it for yourself, for private use. At least according to current ATF's 'ruling': the AK47.

http://www.solartactical.com/FLATS-BUILD-PARTS_c26.htm

For more info on ATF-legal DIY guns, click the following: http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/2669723

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

I just want to know when they'll have

a cruise missile available.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

This is really cool and I'm

This is really cool and I'm glad to see all the 3D printing topics on DP lately.

Those who question if the gun would work, someone has already printed working gun parts: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_118/579913_3D_printed_lower__...

Getting a fully printable .22 shouldn't be that big of a deal.

I'm hopeful that I will be able to print the unit on my Cupcake, which has a smaller build platform than the RepRap.

Ya know.. better resins could make guns very doable.

Carbon fiber resin for a 3D printer? Even overbuilding with extra resin in high pressure areas might make them last as well as regular guns.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Next thing you know, the

Next thing you know, the government will label anyone that has a 3d printer as a terrorist.

Regarding the quality, he says the idea is that it only needs to be a one or two shot weapon for defense, not something that will fire off several clips. Although he says he has been able to fire one off many times without any problems. I think it will entirely depend on the quality of the material used.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Explain how practical this 3D printing is

Considering the quality of steel needed to make a gun, or the gunsmith skills to fine tune the parts?

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

as easy as a click of the mouse, and a few parts kit..

oh right, that and a maker-bot or some 3d printer, and/or 3D CNC milling machine you can afford. Personally, I'd rather bend 100% ATF-legal "AK Flats."

I posted some info on how to make your own ATF-legal guns for private use, here: http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/2669723

but of course, it's not a legal advice, should not be taken as such, and the enduser assumes full responsibility.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

You can print the gun with a

You can print the gun with a composite resin, and print all of the pieces together, as well as rifle the barrel all with the printer. As 3D printers get better in tech, maybe we can see some more printable materials.

They make a resin strong enough

to handle the PSI and heat from shooting ammunition?

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

na, as you know, all the metal parts must be purchased

separately.

And anyone can do that now.

as you know, metal parts like barrel, barrel nut, the bolt, the bolt carrier, pins for stress critical parts/springs, and other synthetic parts like o-ring, etc. obviously cannot be printed.

As far as speaking strictly of AR, I imagine once one starts playing around with AR uppers in higher calibers than 5.56, structurally, it may become an issue, but even with the stock mil-spec direct impingement setup, the lower receiver is not really going to be an issue, if the current 3D printable resin is somewhat nominally heat resistant. Though perhaps for sustained full-auto/select fire that may become an issue, but for semi-autos it probably won't be.

Regardless, for instance, I wouldn't dare put a .50BMG bolt-action upper mated to a printed AR15 lower. LOL!

The rear 'hook,' the buffertube thread portion of the AR lower receiver will feel the brunt of the stress; at least with current printable resins, not sure if they can can handle recoil from any round above anything between 5.56 ~ 6.8mm. Though would be curious to see if it will survive an extended session with a .50Beowulf upper!

UPDATE: HaveBlue noticed the same; here are some computer stress study pix:
http://haveblue.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/15l...
http://haveblue.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/15l...
http://haveblue.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/buf...

From my limited past experience with some polymer injection molding, a right combo of elastomer added in like nylon, it may survive. But who knows, until it can be tested in full.

Regardless, I have no doubt, with time, the material stress issue would be resolved.

I read recently, can't remember whom, that they've already begun experimenting around with a .308 AR10 lower, could be HaveBlue, the same fella with the 3D-printed .22LR AR lower.

Calvary Arms and New Frontier Arms have already proven that you can make competent polymer AR lowers with no issues. So I don't see why the currently available tech and printable resin won't be able to handle at least the recoil stress from a 5.56 NATO round at bare minimum.

With a piston AR upper, I would postulate that there should be no issue at all, even with the current printed AR lower designs, as piston uppers would not have to contend with hot gas being blown back into the lower receiver via bolt carrier's gas key.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul