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“Be alert but not alarmed.” That was the tagline of Australia’s first prominent terrorism awareness campaign back in the early-2000s. Hotlines were set up, ads were all over the telly, and people were generally advised to watch out for home-grown threats. It was a great idea, and now the government is out to revive the campaign against home-grown threats, but in doing so it seems to have given us a shopping list of ingredients for home-made bombs.
Sydney has a massive problem with illegal firearms and gangland shootings, that much we already know. What’s interesting, however, is that the NSW Police Force has downloaded the 3D printable weapon known as The Liberator to print for themselves, and they’re terrified of the thing. In the words of the Police Commissioner: “they are truly undetectedable, truly untraceable, cheap, easy to make”. Welcome to the new Wild West.
The fact that we can 3D-print guns, each scarier than the last, is unsettling enough. But why would we stop at weapon itself? Why not 3D-printed ammo? Like, say, these devastating shotgun slugs, fresh from a Solidoodle 3 printer.
After the stir several weeks ago, the buzz surrounding Defense Distributed’s 3D-printed gun has begun to (somewhat) die down. This is probably due in part to Kim Dotcom’s removal of the gun’s blueprint from Mega and the fact that, frankly, the gun itself isn’t much of an immediate threat. But as one potential threat dissipates, just like clockwork, a new one has appeared on the horizon. And any fear creeping up on you with this newest incarnation of the 3D-printed gun might actually be warranted.
The M16A1 is an iconic gun, so it’s no surprise that our favourite weapons designer Joerg Sprave fancied the idea of using one as the base of a crossbow. The result is rather terrifying.
In a statement to TechCrunch that was conspicuously devoid of live-tweeting, helicopter chases or any underwater components, Kim Dotcom announced that he has instructed the Mega staff to delete any public copies of the blueprints for this week’s fully 3D-printable gun.
After finding its way to over 100,000 hard drives in a matter of mere days, the blueprints for the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun have finally been pulled from the designer’s website at the request of the US State Department. Being digital files for highly regulated weapons, 3D-printed gun blueprints currently fall into a bit of a legal grey area, namely with export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
In just two days, blueprints for the world’s first (almost) entirely 3D-printed gun have made their way onto the hard drives of over 100,000 potential quick-draws around the world. And the idea of this many people gaining non-regulated access to lethal weapons this quickly should be sending us into a mass, hysterical moral panic, right? Slow down there, cowboy.
Just days after revealing that he was working on a 100 per cent 3D-printed weapon, Cody Wilson appears to have successfully test-fired the Liberator pistol, a gun made entirely out of plastic. Great.
Apparently, today’s theme is dangerous DIY props, because, as a follow-up to the frightening 80,000-volt Thor hammer, we now have an equally terrifying replica of the Dead Space Plasma Cutter. As far as prop design and attention to detail go it’s beautiful, but the use of a pair of 1500-milliwatt burning blue lasers has us cautious about recommending this as a DIY.