There's A New Site Just For 3D-Printed Gun Designs

Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Makerbot really started cracking down on 3D-printed gun part plans on Thingiverse, its database of templates. That's a far cry from scrubbing them from the web however, and it should come as no surprise that a new site has popped up to fill in the gap, specifically with the very plans being stripped from Thingiverse.

DEFCAD is operated by defence Distrubuted, which has been vocal about its opinion that the removal of such plans is censorship. Admittedly a "makeshift response," DEFCAD only has four parts and no way to upload plans as of yet. Instead, the site's operators want users to email them plans, the ones being pulled from Thingiverse as well as any others.

Whether or not this site will grow from its very simple, largely symbolic existence to a formidable archive of 3D-printed weapon plans is anybody's guess, and its success or failure will depend on (and indicate) how many people out there are really devoted to keeping this sort of information readily available on the web. Sure, 3D-printed weapons don't hold a candle to the real thing, but they can fire a few shots, which is all it takes for them to be dangerous. But it's hard to keep anything off the internet, and it looks like 3D-printed weapon plans are no exception to that rule. [DEFCAD via The Verge]




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    Good, sick of censorship on the net, shits me enough with the the gun laws in Australia as it is.

    Far out, I would never want to put any real rounds through a plastic gun! Good way to take an eye out.

      Well don't touch just about any rifle these days. Just about every part of them is plastic apart from the barrel and a few other parts. But they're mostly plastic.

        But I do know what you're saying in regards to military rifles and some cheaper hunting rifles. I'd hazard a guess that it's only the stock and maybe the magazine that's a synthetic though and of a higher quality than what these 3D printed ones are. The fact you can only put a few rounds through them before they cease to work should be enough to warn you not to continue playing with them.

          I haven't seen the new site, but all the stuff I've seen from these guys on thingiverse makes it pretty clear they aren't functional weapon designs for 3D printers, they're just CAD models of existing design parts. They printed one and fired it fully expecting it to fail. The failure mode was as predicted, in a high stress area. In other words, they warn you not to start playing with them.

          Generally speaking I'm not a fan of open slather on forearms, but I hate knee jerk reactions even more, so I'm in favour of what they are doing.

    Unless you have some sort of high tech polymer in your 3D printer it is highly unlikely that you could print anything of use to build a firearm. That having been said, if you wanted to print something like a custom grip for a pistol or similar it might be useful.

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