Cody Wilson’s 3D plastic gun
When Cody Wilson produced the world’s first 3D gun, the wisdom of Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) probably played a part: “Law is mind without reason.”
The 25-year-old law student seemed to have thrown out all the rules and achieved what many had dreamt of and what some did not dare dream about. In the process, he has, for better or for worse, created a new global industry.
The Cody gun – somewhat prophetically called “The Liberator” – is made out of 16 pieces of ABS plastic and one small piece of steel. The firing pin is a 170g (6 oz) piece of steel to make it detectable, making it compliant with the Undetectable Firearms Act. The gun was made on a 3D printer, bought for $8,000 on eBay.
The Liberator is part of Cody & Co’s Wiki Weapon Project, trading under Defense Distributed, a pending 501(c)(3) status nonprofit corporation in the state of (obviously) Texas. The aim of the corporation is clear:
“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.”
Their “Our Plan” is also clear:
1) DEVELOP A FULLY PRINTABLE FIREARM
2) ADAPT THE DESIGN DOWN TO CHEAPER 3D PRINTERS
3) BECOME THE WEB’S PRINTABLE GUN WIKI REDOUBT
Lords of War
Soon many may be Lords of War. Freedoms are won or lost through the barrel of a gun. This gun is a game changer – both in the world of gadget 3D printing and in the “fight for freedom” (where war often is a mind without reason) everywhere. As the wiki states:
“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.”