We have known for a long time that many activist groups are equipping themselves with 3D printers with which be able to make their own weapons, a way to build an arsenal without raising suspicions. We are facing one of the most dangerous options that can be done with 3D printing, although it is nothing new since, since 2013, it is known that this is possible.
If we go back to 2013, we come to the origin of all this controversy, just when Cody Wilson, perhaps the head of the group Distributed Defense, showed for the first time that, thanks to the use of 3D printing, anyone could make a weapon at home. This was not the only thing he did, since the files with which to make the weapon that he himself baptized as'Liberator'were distributed over the web and downloaded more than 100.000 times in just a few days.
It is now possible to manufacture 3D printed weapons for a price lower than 15 euros per unit
Due precisely to the fact that in most countries it is illegal for this type of weapon to be manufactured by 3D printing, at least in a domestic environment, it is not surprising that this type of file has become so popular on the black market. in which it is, according to a study carried out by researchers from the Rand Europe and the University of Manchester, one of them most popular items.
These files, like others with which we are used to working on our 3D printers, are nothing more than a compressed file that includes the necessary instructions to manufacture firearms by 3D printing as well as their corresponding CAD files. Apparently, following these instructions, you can make your own weapon for a price less than 15 euros.