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Sep 16, 2013

The First 3D-Printed Gun Is Already in a Museum

Not just one, but two of the guns were purchased by London's V&A Museum for an unknown price. It could have just printed out its own and called it a day, but instead it opted to purchase a pair actually fired by Texan law student Cody Wilson. You know, the real deal.


The V&A described the purchase this way in a statement about the gun:
The invention of this so called ‘wiki weapon’ sparked intense debate and upended discussions about the benefits of new manufacturing technologies and the unregulated sharing of designs online. The V&A has acquired two Liberator prototypes, one disassembled gun and a number of archive items to enhance its collection of 3D printed objects and represent a turning point in debates around digital manufacturing.
True enough. But it also goes to show that a 3D-printed replication isn't quite as good as the real thing. But you can't 3D-print history. Yet. More here.

3 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

This is crazy man, I'm glad it's in a museum than usable already, funny that it's in a museum after just a while of being out.

MRanthrope said...

I hope they paid enough for that kid to retire.

desertraider said...

This is human evolution... after printing normal papers... FINALLY we did it... we are capable of printing weapons. A really great step for humanity...