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The first ever hand-firing of the world's first fully 3D-printed gun
Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun

Andy Greenberg, Forbes Staff
5/05/2013 @ 5:30PM |171,061 views

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, holding the world's first fully 3D-printed gun. (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)

“Alright. One…two…”

Before “three” arrives, a shot reverberates across the overcast central Texas landscape. A tall, sandy blond engineer named John has just pulled a twenty-foot length of yellow string tied to a trigger, which has successfully fired the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun for the very first time, rocketing a .380 caliber bullet into a berm of dirt and prairie brush.

“Fuckin’ A!” yells John, who has asked me not to publish his full name. He hurries over to examine the firearm bolted to an aluminum frame. But the first to get there is Cody Wilson, a square-jawed and stubbled 25 year-old in a polo shirt and baseball cap. John may have pulled the trigger, but the gun is Wilson’s brainchild. He’s spent more than a year dreaming of its creation, and dubbed it “the Liberator” in an homage to the cheap, one-shot pistols designed to be air-dropped by the Allies over France during its Nazi occupation in World War II.

Unlike the original, steel Liberator, though, Wilson’s weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin.

Remote test-firing the world's first fully 3D-printed gun
Andy Greenberg
Published on May 6, 2013

100% Polymer Barrel: The Liberator's barrel after firing.


Andy Greenberg
Published on May 6, 2013

CAD Rendering: The screen of a Defense Distributed laptop showing the printable blueprint for the Liberator's body.

The second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST that Defense Distributed used to print the Liberator. It fills close to half of the group's tiny 38-square-foot workshop space (Note: The 3D Printer is a StrataSys, the same company that pulled the lease, and confiscated 3D Printer from Cody.)

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Predictions in due Time...

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