The landmark lawsuit against the United States State Department filed by gun rights advocate Cody Wilson and the creator of the 3D printed Liberator pistol continues to gain steam, even after a recent setback. Earlier this month, District Judge Robert Pitman denied Cody Wilson’s preliminary injunction against the State Department’s order that he stop disseminating the Liberator’s files online, stating that any potential violations of his Constitutional rights did not outweigh the public interest. However, yesterday Wilson took to Twitter and announced that he successfully filed his appeal to that decision and the case was on its way to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The CheyTac Intervention, an American-made, bolt-action sniper rifle, is manufactured by CheyTac LLC. With a 7-round detachable, single-stack magazine, the M-200, as it’s also known, fires .408 caliber or .375 Chey Tac ammunition and is highly accurate to ranges of up to an astonishing 2,500 yards, making it one of the most effective long range weapons among modern-day sniper rifles.
We can all agree that 3D printing is an amazing technology, and one which has the ability to constantly surprise and delight us. Whether it’s new ways to print prosthetics, or just create 3D printed flowers for your home, it seems like 3D printing is starting to have an impact on every aspect of our lives. For most of us this is incredibly exciting, but it has started to worry others.
You never know what a Monday morning will bring–as in the case last week when one rather precocious kid took his basement-built clock into a Texas classroom to impress a teacher. His ‘reward’ was to end up in hot water with both the principal and the police.
I say this as both a firearm enthusiast and an advocate for strong firearm regulation. It is becoming evident that there is a point when we as a society are just going to have to accept that 3D printed weapons are not going to disappear behind walls of legislation. Will that point be when entire guns can easily be 3D printed and constructed at home? Because it is pretty evident at this point that 3D printable firearms will be here soon, and both sides of the controversial issue are going to have to stop chipping away at each other’s platforms and start a real conversation about what kind of society we will have when they get here.
Jerry Fisher unexpectedly found himself in legal hot water after publishing 3D models of a famous Michelangelo statue located on Augustana College’s campus. Mr. Fisher used hundreds of photographs of the statue to create a 3D model. After uploading the model to MakerBot’s Thingiverse, Augustana College requested that Mr. Fisher take it down, on the grounds that he had violated copyright law.[
Usually, 3D printing in plastic is a convenient alternative to other manufacturing options, but in the case of this 3D printed bust of Shafilea Ahmed, it’s a powerful statement. This 3D printed bust was made by British charity Karma Nirvana to commemorate her death – Shafilea Ahmed was suffocated with a plastic bag in an honor killing – and to raise awareness for honor killings across Britain. It was revealed on 14 July to coincide with the National Day of Memory, a new day of national awareness specifically intended to prevent more honor killings from happening and to prevent that victims are lost from memory – which is often precisely the goal of the killers.
Full-color printing technology manufacturer Memjet has filed a lawsuit alleging patent infringement against computer hardware manufacturer Hewlett-Packard. The lawsuit alleges that Hewlett-Packard has infringed upon eight different patents that Memjet holds related to their page-wide “waterfall” printing technology. Hewlett-Packard recently began incorporating technology similar to Memjet’s across its entire line of 2D printers, and is also incorporating it into their new full-color Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.
I’m sure you all know by now that governments across the globe are paying particular attention to the 3D printing space when it comes to the fabrication of undetectable firearms. While politicians in the United States seek to limit the public’s ability to download and share schematics for and to actually 3D print firearms, the concerns are not limited to this nation alone.
It’s a well-known fact in basic psychology that as soon as you tell people not to do something, that is exactly what they will want to do; in fact, many individuals will want to push the limits as far as possible, delighting in drawing attention via clever workarounds.