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October 02, 2012

3-D Printer Company Revokes Wiki Weapon Designer's Lease

By Chad Love

Remember Phil Bourjaily's recent Gun Nuts post about Defense Distributed, the project to design and create the world's first 3-D printed gun? Well, it seems the company that actually owns the printer isn't too keen on making history.

From this story on Slate.com:
In a letter to (Defense Distributed Founder Cody) Wilson dated Sept. 26, the legal counsel for Stratasys Inc. informed Wilson that it was cancelling his lease of the company’s uPrint SE printer. “It is the policy of Stratasys not to knowingly allow its printers to be used for illegal purposes,” the company wrote, noting that Wilson lacked a federal license for manufacturing firearms.

Wilson has maintained that he doesn’t need a license, because he’s not planning to sell the weapon. But Stratasys was not impressed. Wired's Danger Room blog reports that the company’s representatives showed up at his door to seize the device. Now he’ll have to find another printer—and according to Danger Room, he’s considering obtaining a manufacturing license even though he doesn’t believe it’s legally required. Meanwhile, his group has posted Stratasys' letter online with the caption, "Imagine if your biggest part in the human drama was to stand in the way of an innovation."

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

With a company name like "Defense Distributed" I don't blame Stratasys for worrying!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

My thoughts are that it is incredibly stupid on the part of defense distributed. Wasn't their whole point to push the envelope for what is essentially unregulated? And then they went and let the cat out of the bag and let the printer manufacture decide for himself if he wanted the (bad) press or not. I thought this guy was a lawyer.. he should have seen this coming.

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from Mike Whitney wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I'm not going to comment on whether it was smart or not, but wasn't he(defense distributed) in the clear legally? I thought you can legally build your own rifle and that it doesn't have to be registered unless you are intending to sell it. I thought that is how these people buy 80% lowers that are not registered and finish an unregistered AR. Am I completely off on this?

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from hockey86 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

If you buy the printer instead of leasing it what can they say? I know these printers are expensive but if you're trying to push the situation into a gray area then just buy it.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I still think it is ridiculous on the part of the machine manufacturer. Defense distributed is just trying to put abilities back in the hands of everyday people. I mean you go back a generation or 2 and the tools in anyone's garage or shed could easily make very nice hand crafted guns. Almost every small machine shop in america has worked on Gun parts whether they know it or not. People are too litigious and too nervous about guns. They think they're these big mythical dangerous things like Zeus' thunderbolts or Thor's hammer. You'll excuse my rant, but this is just another example of bureaucracy and fear inspiring and promoting mediocrity and dependendance

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

My thoughts are that it is incredibly stupid on the part of defense distributed. Wasn't their whole point to push the envelope for what is essentially unregulated? And then they went and let the cat out of the bag and let the printer manufacture decide for himself if he wanted the (bad) press or not. I thought this guy was a lawyer.. he should have seen this coming.

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from vasportsman wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

With a company name like "Defense Distributed" I don't blame Stratasys for worrying!

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from Mike Whitney wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I'm not going to comment on whether it was smart or not, but wasn't he(defense distributed) in the clear legally? I thought you can legally build your own rifle and that it doesn't have to be registered unless you are intending to sell it. I thought that is how these people buy 80% lowers that are not registered and finish an unregistered AR. Am I completely off on this?

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from hockey86 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

If you buy the printer instead of leasing it what can they say? I know these printers are expensive but if you're trying to push the situation into a gray area then just buy it.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I still think it is ridiculous on the part of the machine manufacturer. Defense distributed is just trying to put abilities back in the hands of everyday people. I mean you go back a generation or 2 and the tools in anyone's garage or shed could easily make very nice hand crafted guns. Almost every small machine shop in america has worked on Gun parts whether they know it or not. People are too litigious and too nervous about guns. They think they're these big mythical dangerous things like Zeus' thunderbolts or Thor's hammer. You'll excuse my rant, but this is just another example of bureaucracy and fear inspiring and promoting mediocrity and dependendance

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