The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

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.

The Liberator is a fairly wonky-looking pistol, constructed entirely out of plastic -- the only metal working component is the firing pin, which is a repurposed nail. It appears to fire .22 rimfire rounds, which are very small but still quite lethal when fired into a squishy human being.

Although the Liberator hasn’t exactly been stress-tested yet -- Wilson only fired one round between the cut-shots of WWII era bombers -- it does appear to work, which essentially means that yes, 3D-printed guns, are now a reality. But hey, according to Mr Wilson: “Yeah, they might be used [to kill people], but that’s not a reason not to make them”. And if one law student says so, there’s no reason to be worried, right? [Defence Distributed via BBC]

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    This is going to pose an interesting challenge for travel security! The metal detector won't pick up plastic gun parts. An innocuous nail will likely be missed by the X-ray scanners. If somebody works out how to 3D print bullets and we're going to have a problem...

      Did you see it? Where would you conceal it? Plastic shows up in X-ray scanners at the airport so you couldn't put it in your carry on.

        If the hand grip was less conspicuous, you could separate the entire weapon into pieces spread throughout your carry on. Go through at a peak security/close to change over time and they will likely miss the parts in a scan. Ammunition is another problem though, Plastic slugs perhaps?

        3D printed weapons are a bad idea I believe. How about we learn to print food and not kill each other?

          It's not all bad!

          "Within a few years, we believe it will be possible to manufacture living tissues like skin, cartilage, arteries and heart valves using cells and biomaterials. Using a patient’s own cells to create this tissue avoids issues of immune rejection. By 2025, it is feasible that we will be able to fabricate complete functional organs, tailored for an individual patient.”

          you could mount the nail on the handgrip and shove a dildo over it

          then when airport security inspects it, i imagine youd be allowed to pass pretty quickly

          the problem is the slug obviously

          Id also imagine this would be troublesome to use trying to hold up a 7eleven

          It looks less menacing than those foam bullet guns people go crazy over at target

        Quite frankly motormouth, there's not much you say that's really worth paying any attention to any more.

        " Can you not read? I didn't say the plastic would break, I said it would melt. "

        Didn't see no melting, did you?
        So, you might want to check your "facts" re what does and does not show up on airport Xrays.

          ^ I like this guy. Sir, if you lived in the same city... i would purchase you a drink or at very least be your facebook friend.

      I wouldn't be so certain. I got pulled up for a tiny ball of foil in my pocket once. They can be sensitive, I guess some are worse than others?

      Sorry, I must have blinked during the part where they said that the bullet and cartridge was made from plastic as well, or the part where the gunpowder is undetectable by sniffer dogs or ion swipes.

    Yes, let's call something that takes life "Liberator" and make it available to the masses

    guns don't kill people, people do... but aside from that... getting the gun through security isn't the issue. It's getting the ammo through. And until they make plastic ammo it's all sweet...

    Interesting to note, and not mentioned in the article is that guns that have no metal parts are actually illegal in the US (because you can pass metal detectors). This one had a hunk of metal embedded in the handle to avoid that.

      Only if you want it to though. I'm pretty sure I read you can just leave it out.

    is it illegal to own an unregistered gun? i have no idea, just curious...

    Plastic or ceramic guns have been around for a long time so this is not any of newer of a risk. the issue is the accessibility for people to now create guns in the comfort of their own home. The volume of illegal firearms will increase. Also from a legal standpoint to convict criminals obtaining the gun used is a massive benefit. Most of the time the gun used is kept by the criminal due to the cost to purchase and possibly the difficulty to obtain another gun, So linking murders to a gun will disappear as criminals will now burn the gun after committing a crime, (no need to throw it away for it to be found) and can easily and cheaply print a new gun at home.

    Maybe the solution is to stop looking at guns as the source of all evil in the universe and accept the reality that people will be able to access them from the near future onwards.

    Efforts should be focused at addressing the underlying issues leading to use of guns in crime. I.e. mental health, criminal enterprise (bikies, drugs, corruption, poverty, etc).

    America is obviously not a great example in saying gun restrictions should be eased, I don't want metal detectors in schools (though based on this development they won't work anyway), but the game is changing.

    At the moment I'm more worried about weaponised toilet brushes than I am about plastic guns.

    I cannot believe that the first object they choose to create with a 3d printer is a gun, a goddamn gun. In this day and age, with the problems we have with guns.

    Guns kill people. It's much easier to kill someone with a gun than a knife. You give a murderer a gun, he kills 50 people, you give him a knife, probably about 2. It's as simple as that. The whole guns don't kill people etc is possibly the most ridiculous argument ever devised to defend something.

    Last edited 07/05/13 11:52 am

      While I agree with you 100% on the issue with guns, I think you're well wide of the mark regarding a gun being the first thing made.
      3D printing has actually been around a little while now and some great things have been done already.

    Now that we understand that guns can be mass produced and not traceable. Should the focus now be put towards restrictions towards bullet, casing and gunpowder?

    As the great Chris Rock said "You don't need no gun control, you know what you need? We need some bullet control".

    Soo from what I know (ie if this is right), then there's a newer (sexier) model out now.

    I think a lot of people here are focusing only on airport security.
    It's still a scary thought that anyone could print one of these, especially in Australia where we have real gun laws, the fact you could just print one and put it in the hands of a young person is much scarier than whether or not you could take it on a plane.

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