3D printing of guns – Future of printing technology


This week there has been a lot of focus on 3D printing at SXSW, but most of the debate steered clear of guns. However, on March 11, 2013 Cody Wilson boasted about his process of 3D printing guns at home.

Wilson is a law student at the University of Texas and the founder of a non-profit organization, which is known as Defense Distributed. The law student appeared on stage alone and showed of the process of printing a gun with a 3D printer, with the help of a few slides.

There were just a few attendees in the ballroom, while others were at another concurrent session which was a showcase for Google Glass. However, during the presentation Wilson made it clear that 3D guns are a real thing and that he does not plan to stop making them. Wilson added, “If you’ve been listening to all the press, you would think 3-D printing is just about making cupcakes, or lawn gnomes”.

Cody went on to say that if 3D printing will become a meaningful technology, then printing guns is also going to be a part of it. During the presentation he said that 3D gun printing was not just about making hardware, but was also a software. In recent times, Wilson has been constantly followed by Forbes, New York Times and Ars Technica.