U.S. Government Shuts Down 3D Gun Manufacturer

Blueprints For 3D-Plastic Gun Downloaded 100,000 Times In 2 Days Before The State Department Orders The Site To Take Down The Weapon Designs -- Daily Mail

* Defense Distributed posted video on Sunday of founder shooting all-plastic gun made on an $8,000 3-D printer
* Pistol uses only one metal piece - a small nail for the firing pin
* Blueprints for the weapons were downloaded 100,000 times in two days
* Most downloaded in Spain, then the U.S., Brazil, Germany, and the U.K.
* The State Department has demanded the site take down the blueprints

Blueprints for the first-ever plastic gun produced on a 3-D printer, that can pass through metal detectors, have been downloaded over 100,000 times since it was posted to the web on Monday.

Designs for the 'Liberator' pistol were posted online by Defense Distributed but on Thursday the U.S. State Department ordered the website to take down the blueprints, on the basis that the plans could violate export regulations.

The blueprints, that could be produced on 3-D printers costing as little as $1,000, were seen as a breakthrough because no one has previously designed such a weapon that could withstand the pressure of firing modern ammunition.

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Pentagon Scrubs 3D Gun Plans From Internet, Says Designer -- FOX News
3D-printed guns: State Department orders firm to remove web blueprints -- The Guardian
State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations -- Forbes
State Department Asks Defense Distributed to Take Down Its 3D-Printed Gun Plans -- Atlantic Wire
US Government shuts down 3D gun manufacturer -- Washington Times
State Department to Cody Wilson: Take your gun blueprints off the Internet -- Foreign Policy
Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson On Being Asked To Remove 3-D Printed Gun Plans: "We Win" -- Popular Science
3D-printed firearm plans downloaded 100,000 times, State Department steps in -- Endgadget
State Department Demands 3-D Gun Blueprints Be Removed -- Tech Crunch
3D-printed gun maker ordered to take down blueprints -- Computerworld
Government orders DEFCAD to go dark, remove gun files -- Examiner
California, New York and DC look to ban 3D-printed guns -- RT
Spain, U.S. lead in downloads of 3D plastic pistol blueprints -- La Prensa
Downloads for 3D-printed Liberator gun reach 100,000 -- BBC
Blueprints for 3D-Printable Guns Downloaded: 100,000; Guns Printed: 0 -- Atlantic Wire
3D-printed guns: expert warns of threat to user -- The Guardian
Why You Should, and Shouldn't, Worry About the 3D-Printed Gun -- Popular Mechanics

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