World’s First Gun Made From 3D Printer Technology Fired Successfully in US

May 6, 2013 17:05 IST

The first gun of the world made out of 3D printer technology was fired successfully in US. Defense Distributed created this firearm and the form also planned to make these blueprints available online.

Defense Distributed spent a year for creation of this firearm, which was fired successfully on 4 May 2013 at firing range south of Austin, Texas. The anti-gun campaigners criticised this project, while the law enforcement of Europe is monitoring the developments of this project.

Victoria Baines of cybercrime centre of Europol explained that the criminals at present were likely to pursue the established routes for obtaining these firemans, but with the passage of time, the 3D printer technology would become more user-friendly as well as cost-effective, thereby posing risks.

Cody Wilson, 25, a student of the University of Texas is the head of Defense Distributed. 3D printing has successfully been called the future of manufacturing.
Working of the 3D printer technology

The 3D printer technology works by building layer upon layer of the material, which is basically plastic. This is done in order to build the complex and solid objects.

This technology is cheaper and instead of buying the goods from markets, the consumers will be able to download its designs. Then these can be printed out at the home itself.

However, like all technologies, there are advantages as well as disadvantages. The first gun of the world made out of 3D printer technology cost 8000 US dollar from eBay. The gun was assembled from different printed components which were made out of ABS plastic. The firing pin was made out of metal.

Cody Wilson was fiven the manufacturing as well as seller’s license from US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in order to make this gun.
US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) official Donna Sellers explained that the gun was legal in US as long as it wasn’t a National Firearms Act weapon.

3D printing technology was used in the past by certain criminal organisations for creation of card readers – skimmers, which are inserted in the bank machines. Law enforcement agencies across the world have professionals for monitoring cybercrimes.

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