Stratasys seizes 3D printer from man who tried to make gun | Geek-Cetera | Geek.com March 25, 2013Posted by sandyclaus in 3D Printing, Politics.
For Wilson and Defense Distributed, the goal is to ultimately provide an open-source platform where users can both upload and download 3D-printed gun schematics. The group raised more than $20,000, enough for a down payment on the high-end 3D printer from Stratasys, which has been involved in some great projects, including giving a little girl magic arms.
Once that company discovered Wilson’s intentions, they emailed and informed him they would be making arrangements to pick up the device from his house. Startasys decided to revoke the lease. Of course Wilson argued, but Stratasys said its policy was to not allow its products to be used for illegal purposes.
Stratasys said that because Wilson did not have a firearms manufacturing license, trying to fabricate a working pistol was illegal. Wilson argued that, in part, because he was not planning on selling the printed guns, he didn’t need a license.