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FORBES: Can't Stop the Signal! Engineer "Joe"s "Lulz Liberator;" Cody Wilson's 3D Gun made for $25 on a "Cheap" $1725 Printer!

Testing the "Lulz Liberator," a $25 3D-printed handgun

Andy Greenberg
Published on May 20, 2013

This handgun was printed with a $1,725 Lulzbot 3D printer and fired for the first time above. One plastic barrel survived eight shots, and another barrel was swapped in for the ninth, before nightfall cut short further testing.

Accompanying Article:

$25 Gun Created With Cheap 3D Printer Fires Nine Shots (Video)

Andy Greenberg, Forbes Staff
5/20/2013 @ 11:51AM |12,566 views

The Lulz Liberator, a working handgun printed on a $1,725 LulzBot 3D printer with $25 in plastic. (Credit: Michael Guslick)

When high tech gunsmith group Defense Distributed test-fired the world’s first fully 3D-printed firearm earlier this month, some critics dismissed the demonstration as expensive and impractical, arguing it could only be done with a high-end industrial 3D printer and that the plastic weapon wouldn’t last more than a single shot. Now a couple of hobbyists have proven them wrong on both counts.

One evening late last week, a Wisconsin engineer who calls himself “Joe” test-fired a new version of that handgun printed on a $1,725 Lulzbot A0-101 consumer-grade 3D printer, far cheaper than the one used by Defense Distributed. Joe, who asked that I not reveal his full name, loaded the weapon with .380 caliber rounds and fired it nine times, using a string to pull its trigger for safety.

The weapon survived all nine shots over the course of an evening, as you can see in the YouTube video below. (The clip was filmed by Michael Guslick, a fellow Wisconsin engineer who helped Joe with his tests and who is known for printing one of the first working lower receivers for AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.)

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Bump for "Serenity" movie reference.


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ooh, me loves me some Whedon-verse! .oD

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