Video: World’s First 3D Gun Fired

The sixteen pieces of Defense Distributed's printed handgun, including spiral springs for its hammer mechanism and a nail used as its firing pin. Click to enlarge. (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)

The sixteen pieces of Defense Distributed’s printed handgun, including spiral springs for its hammer mechanism and a nail used as its firing pin. Click to enlarge. (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)

A Texas=based  company called Defense Distributed has successfully printed and fired a 3D gun. The video (below) shows Defense Distributed’s founder, Cody Wilson, holding and firing the gun, which is completely comprised of plastic and printed on a $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer.

According to Mashable, the weapon, called “the Liberator” — a homage to cheap pistols distributed by the Allies in France during World War II — consists of 16 parts, 15 of which are 3D-printed. The last part — the firing pin — is a simple nail, found in any hardware store.

Following a test firing, documented by Forbes, in which a string was used to pull the trigger, Wilson took the gun into his hands and successfully fired it. Neither him or the weapon suffered any visible damage (sans a cracked pin that used to hold the gun’s barrel in place) on that occasion, but the gun did misfire and explode in one of the test firings.

The test firing comes on the tail of a nationwide debate as to the safety of allowing weaponry to be 3D printed and accessible to the public. What are your thoughts about 3D-printing guns and other weapons?

Image courtesy of YouTube, Defense Distributed

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