Could the ability to manufacture weapons by download in your own home could be the first step into a 3DPrinted black market?
Indiegogo has now suspended Defense Distributed‘s Wiki Weapon Project to develop open source blueprints for a gun that can be made with a 3DPrinter.
Defense Distributed had raised $1,708 of its $20,000 goal, and switched to accepting Bitcoin donations following the campaign’s shuttering.
According to the Indiegogo campaign, accessible now only through Google cache:
‘The WikiWep project is to produce a CAD file for distribution and sharing across the internet. This CAD file will be a schematic for a modest, 3D printable plastic firearm. In a world where 3D printing becomes more ubiquitous and economical, defense systems and opposition to tyranny may be but a click away… Let’s pull the world toward this future together.’
Defense Distributed isn’t the first to consider using a 3DPrinter to break into the arms market: Betabeat reported on a gun forum poster who claimed to have built the world’s first functioning 3DPrinted firearm.
Indiegogo however simply listing “unusual account activity” as the reason for taking the page offline...