Defense Distributed’s plan to create the world’s first 3D printable gun was shot down when Stratasys, a manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D Production Systems, cancelled its lease with the group.
According to a correspondence between the vendor and Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed and University of Texas law student, Stratasys stated that it is the policy of the company not to knowingly allow its printers to be used for illegal purposes and was making arrangements to pick up the Stratasys uPrint SE.
According to the organization’s website, the home of the wiki weapon, its three goals are to: create the world’s first 100% 3D printable gun, adapt the design down to cheaper 3D printers, and become the web’s printable gun wiki redoubt.
To meet the organization’s first goal of producing the WikiWeb A and later the WikiWeb B, Defense Distributed set a goal of raising $20,000 to get the project off of the ground.
The WikiWeb A and B are two prototype plastic handguns. The Wiki Weapon type A is a training gun with no moving parts and relies on an electrical solenoid for firing action but is otherwise 100% 3D printable, according to the organization’s website.
The WikiWeb B will have moving parts for its firing action.