Defense Distributed is organized to produce and publish information related to the 3D printing of firearms. Beginning with little expertise and less financial backing, the group first believed this production would be a limited, trial and error process. Fortunately, in recent months their expertise and capabilities have been greatly supplemented, but the first order production goal remains the same: produce and publish a file for a completely printable gun- or as near to completely printable as actually possible with current technologies.
These guns will be almost completely plastic, so melting and failing in your hand will be a concern. Only after a battery of testing the best designs to failure will we find the way to rate a WikiWep as safe for one use.
Provided candidate files and prototypes can make it through testing, the next phase of this goal requires adaptation of the design down to some of the most commonly available of 3D printers. Defense Distributed has chosen the RepRap printer to be this platform, despite the organization's wishes to subvert and avoid such use.
This project might change the way we think about gun control and consumption. How do governments behave if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and every citizen has near instant access to a firearm through the Internet? Let's find out.
Defense Distributed is a pending 501(c) status nonprofit corporation in the state of Texas, organized and operated exclusively for charitable and literary purposes. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are: To defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute, at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.
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