Posts tagged “3D-printing

VIDEO — Ghost Gunner: A Tyrant’s Worst Nightmare

Larken Rose
Apr 19, 2015

People who crave political power think they have the right to forcibly dominate and control everyone else, and that’s a lot easier for them if their thugs outgun their intended victims. Well, an outfit called “Ghost Gunner” (www.ghostgunner.net) is doing its part to mess up the tyrants’ game. Check out this video:


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VIDEO — IEEE Technology Future Death Trap – Deborah Tavares

Anthony Hilder
Nov 11, 2014

rtunes video. IEEE is going along and setting the pace with the plan for your future…3D printers replacing you on your job, World Standards by World Government, and Technology that will drastically change your society and you…They stealthily use the Delphi Technique developed by the Rand Corporation. Predetermined conclusions you as an attendee of their seminars thought you helped make but were fooled into thinking it was your decision. That is of course if you don’t reject their plans and speak up before they carry them out right under your nose. Deborah Tavares explains explains their plans.
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Activists 3D Printed a Gun In Front Of State Capitol Building

by John Vibes
Activist Post
Jan 23, 2015

A group of activists in Texas stirred controversy this week, by 3D printing a gun right out front of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. The unique live protest was organized by the group Come And Take It Texas, or CATI, and featured a CNC device called “Ghost Gunner” which uses 3D printed parts and is capable of manufacturing a gun.

“Anybody can purchase one of these to print firearms in their own homes,” Murdoch Pizgatti, president of CATI said on NBC News.

There has been a heated debate about 3D printing technology in the past few years, as 3D print gun projects like Wikiweapon have begun to grow in popularity and gather press recognition. Wikiweapon was a project that intended to share open-source blueprints for 3D printed guns, allowing anyone with the right equipment to manufacture a firearm from their home.

The Ghost Gunner is made by Defense Distributed, the parent company of the Wikiweapon project, and set up by founder Cody Wilson. The company is fittingly based in Austin, Texas, where the protest took place this week.


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Oct 12, 2014


3D printer for creating untraceable AR-15 rifles hits market


Published time: October 03, 2014 03:21

Defense Distributed has offered a pre-sale of its new milling machine which allows buyers to print and assemble a steel AR-15 rifle in the comfort of their own home. The weapon is completely untraceable.

Ghost Gunner is the company’s new computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) milling machine. Unlike its so-called Liberator gun, which is a plastic gun design to be created via a 3D printer, the Ghost Gunner is the PC-connected hardware for manufacturing the lower receiver of the popular AR-15 rifle.

The receiver is the control part of a firearm which houses the operating parts and serves as the frame of the gun. Without it, the weapon is inoperable. It is also where the manufacturer places the serial number, which is required by law.

The US does allow for creating a firearm from parts or kits, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which states: “[An] unlicensed individual may make a ‘firearm’ as defined in the GCA for his own personal use, but not for sale or distribution.”

As a way to get around that law, manufacturers can make a semi-finished lower receiver that “isn’t technically a gun, but gets as close to the line as possible,” Ars Technica reported. The metal piece is usually 80 percent finished, and can be purchased from a variety of companies. The Ghost Gunner machine will finish the lower receiver, and then customers can purchase the rest of the AR-15 parts online, without being subjected to waiting periods or background checks.

The company’s co-founder, Cody Wilson, is a self-described anarchist. He told Wired that he wants to make the process of avoiding government weapons regulations easier and more accessible than ever before.

“Typically this has been the realm of gunsmiths, not the casual user. This is where digital manufacturing, the maker movement, changes things,” he said. “We developed something that’s very cheap, that makes traditional gunsmithing affordable. You can do it at home.”

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VIDEO — Cody Wilson: Modern Democracy is Derailed Train, Retrograde Abuses of Liberty

Activist Post
Sept 16, 2014

RT talks to Cody Wilson, the creator of the 3D-printed firearm dubbed “The Liberator”.

When asked why he supports decentralized power after all the “progress” society has made from tribal societies to federal power, Wilson responds:

I’m seeing nothing but, from my perspective, a train in perpetual derailment, retrograde abuses of liberties, in that there is no concept the real human rights. It’s just something we use to go like bomb Iraq, or take over a country or assert our economic dominance. I’m seeing a slide toward barbarism, not toward civilization that you’re there you’re implying. I’m doing everything I can to maintain a distance that separates us and keep our humanity as individuals.

DOCUMENTARY: 3D Printed Guns [video]

March 25, 2013

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3D-Printed Skull Implanted in American Patient’s Head

Conscious Life News
March 8, 2013

Breanna Draxler | Discover

There is no shortage of new and interesting uses for 3D printing technology. This week one more has been added to the list, and it’s pretty darn impressive: replacing 75 percent of a patient’s skull with a 3D-printed implant.

3d-printed-skullThe skull implant was approved by the FDA last month, and the surgery itself took place on March 4, as reported by Tech News Daily. The implant was made from a type of thermoplastic called polyetherketoneketone (PEKK). This material is moldable above a certain temperature, and returns to a solid state when it cools. Unlike most plastics, thermoplastics’ long polymer chains do not break down during the melting process.

As with all 3D printing, the process begins with a digital scan to use as a blueprint. In this case that would be a CT scan or MRI of the patient’s skull. Then the printer makes a new version of the skull’s missing piece, layer by layer. The printed version mimics a real skull in many ways, but also adds detailing on the surface and edges of the implant to encourage cell growth. This can also help existing bone attach to the implant more easily. The patient-specific products can be cranked out in about two weeks.

Patients who have suffered car accidents or head trauma would benefit from this technology, as well as those with cancerous bone tissue in the skull…

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3D Downloads of Semi-Automatic Weapons Hit The Internet [video included]

Activist Post
March 3, 2013

The eyes of the world are on the innovation of 3D printing. Naturally, whenever a new technology is created that offers open source DIY opportunities to the average individual, it is going to make governments and their protected corporate interests very nervous.

Such is the case with 3D weapons manufacturing. Defense Distributed has been offering sets of computer files for free through their DEFCAD online library.

New York Congressman, Steve Israel, has sought to criminalize 3D weapons, and the media attention resulted in Wikiweapon company Stratasys, Inc. seizing Defense Distributed’s equipment and taking issue with their decentralized methods. But the genie is already out of the bottle. After some initial stutter-stepping with structural failures, the latest incarnation heralds the arrival of 3D printed semi-automatic and automatic weapons.

Ars Technica explains the short history of Cody Wilson’s non-profit gun manufacturing program:

Last year, his group famously demonstrated that it could use a 3D-printed “lower” for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle—but the gun failed after six rounds. Now, after some re-tooling, Defense Distributed has shown that it has fixed the design flaws and a gun using its lower can seemingly fire for quite a while. (The AR-15 is the civilian version of the military M16 rifle.) [Source]

The results can be seen in part 3 of their ongoing video series chronicling their development and improvement. Over 600 rounds of .223 ammunition are fired without fail using a 3D-printed “lower” for an AR-15, with Wilson stating that it likely could have gone to 1,000.

The ability for anyone to print a weapon could be one of the cornerstones for widespread freedom and resistance to top-down tyranny. Lawmakers such as Steve Israel have stated that any restrictions on 3D printing of weapons will be very difficult if not impossible to enforce, and the Justice Department has so far backed up their legality. As Tony Cartalucci has stated, it renders gun control moot; one would have to basically ban any personal use of 3D printers.

Preventing people from manufacturing guns, or worse yet, from possessing or using tools that can be used to create guns, is both ludicrous and impossible. Like with cars or anything else, laws are there to ensure we don’t harm others by abusing any given right or implement – not preventing us from having those rights or implements responsibly in the first place.

As the cost of production goes down, and states continue to assert their inherent rights to govern without federal interference, there will likely be a wave of non-profit and for-profit manufacturers alike, as Wilson states:

The law student said that anyone with the same type of 3D printer (“SLA resin and P400 ABS on a used Dimension”) could replicate his efforts with “9 to 12 hours” of print time and “$150 to $200” in parts. “We’ve proven that you can build one for $50,” he said, presuming the builder is using lower quality materials. (Dimensions typically sell in the $30,000 range—but Wilson says his results could be duplicated using the less-expensive Ultimaker ($1,500) or Reprap.”

With the ability for anyone, anywhere to be able to defend oneself and mobilize quickly against a growing threat, governments would have to think twice before heading down the road to tyranny. Certainly the government itself has signed on to 3D manufacturing. As reported by The Singularity Hub, the Army is deploying $2.8 million fabrication labs to the frontlines as part of an overall 3-year contract with Exponent, Inc. worth $9.7 million. The intention is to make this global.

While this video focuses on other aspects of 3D printing, and injects the well-worn marketing line that all of this will save lives in humanitarian efforts, to think this will not be used to produce guns and even drones would be naive, since Stratasys — the manufacturer that gave Defense Distributed such a hard time — is fully signed on to assist the military-industrial complex.

However, it appears that the everyday consumer (taxpayer) will not have to wait for military tech to trickle down to offer its scraps; the benefits of 3D printing are taking on a life of their own with or without government approval.

For more information about HackerSpaces, OpenCourseWare and 3D printing solutions to our political problems, visit LocalOrg.

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Quickest Way to Kill 3D Printing – Get the Government Involved

by Tony Cartalucci
Land Destroyer

February 14, 2013 (LocalOrg) – The US State of the Union speech made by US President Barack Obama excited many across the tech community. Obama mentioned 3D printing as one of several emerging technologies that might help revitalize US industry.

Image: A screenshot taken from the “enhanced broadcast” of President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Seen napping and slumped in their seats, are the vanguards of corporate special interests, ever ready in bi-partisan fashion to betray their voters in the service of big-business special interests, and who, along with whoever occupies the Oval Office, are the cause of America’s decline in the first place.

Aaron Swartz protesting SOPA. (Demand Progress)

Unfortunately, what many in the tech community seem not to realize, or have forgotten in their moment of presidential aggrandizing, is that Obama represents bi-partisan servitude to corporate-financier interests, the very interests that off-shored the planet’s most advanced and capable manufacturing base in human history in the first place. They also seem to have quickly forgotten that additionally, Obama represents the same big-business interests that hounded one of the tech community’s own, Aaron Swartz, literally to death in an intellectual property witch-hunt that allegedly drove Swartz to commit suicide.

Indeed, corporate-financier interests realize the threats and opportunities 3D printing represent, and like P2P file sharing, are eager to co-opt, control, monopolize, and regulate this emerging industry to maintain the technological and socioeconomic disparity they have benefited from for so long. The establishment is relying on an old trick, the manipulation of human weakness – the need for recognition, and the prospect of fame and fortune.

And surely, those who sellout to special interests as they attempt to wrap their tentacles around 3D printing, may just achieve fame and fortune – but the promise of 3D printing will almost certainly suffer because of it. While it may seem exciting to have the US President mention you during the State of the Union address, it is in fact a warning sign that you have attracted the attention of the very interests that have destroyed this country in the first place, and have left it in need to be “revitalized” in the first place.

Obama’s mention of 3D printing is akin to the buzzing of a parasitic mosquito’s wings before it lands, with its hungry, ever-searching proboscis preparing to bury itself inside its host and begin to feed. It is a warning, not a ray of light. It is a reaffirmation of the gravity this emerging technology holds and the responsibility that falls upon those in the tech community to protect it, keep it open, independent, free of the meddling of big-business and their political proxies, and instead, in the service of humanity.

This Child Has A Robot Hand Made With 3D Printers [video included]

Red Ice Creations
February 5, 2013

By Dylan Love | BusinessInsider.com

Despite being thousands of miles apart, Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa built a working robotic hand for a South African boy named Liam who was born without fingers, reports TechCrunch.

When the team at MakerBot, a popular 3D printing company, heard about the project, it donated two of its new Replicator 2 3D printers to the cause.

A functioning hand has since been completed and Liam is using it “like a champion” after having it only three days.

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New Patent Aims to Prevent 3D Printers From Creating “Restricted Items”

3D printer – Wiki image

by JG Vibes
Activist Post
October 14, 2012

Recently there has been a great deal of controversy over 3D printers and their ability to bypass intrusive government laws and regulations, specifically in the realm of firearms. It seems that the establishment has already been hard at work developing ways in which they can keep a lid on this technology and prevent it from being truly useful to the general population.

As I discussed last week the goal of restricting this technology is to keep industries cartelized and prevent the average person from gaining too much independence through these devices. A new patent, issued this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office titled ‘Manufacturing control system’ aims to do just that. Although it was issued this week it was actually filed way back in 2007, so it seems that they have working on this for some time. The patent describes a system where the owners of 3D printers or similar machines will have to obtain authorization before they are allowed to print certain items.

The patent is registered to Intellectual Ventures, a patent-trolling company which is currently hoarding over 40,000 patents and is run by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold. The primary goal of the system is to prevent people from printing objects using designs they haven’t paid for, and establishing what they call “object production rights.”

Michael Weinberg is a staff lawyer at the nonprofit Public Knowledge who reviewed the patent for technology review and described it as very broad, saying that “You load a file into your printer, then your printer checks to make sure it has the rights to make the object, to make it out of what material, how many times, and so on.”

According to Torrentfreak “a digital fingerprint of ‘restricted items’ will be held externally and printers will be required to compare the plans of the item they’re being asked to print against those in a database. If there’s a match, printing will be disallowed or restricted. Japanese rights holders are already pushing an ISP level version of the same kind of system to nuke unauthorized music uploads.”

Earlier this year the Pirate Bay announced that they were going to start featuring 3D print designs on their website, predicting that someday people would be able to print out anything from cars to food. They commented on their blog that “Data objects are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.”

The Pirate Bay also believes that copying objects from digital to 3 dimensional form is going to be the next revolution in copying and literally bring a whole new dimension to the battle over intellectual property laws, and they are right.

If given the ability to flourish and develop in every way possible, the millions of people who end up using this technology will be able to create amazing things that could reshape this world for the better in a short amount of time. So far, this technology has been used to replace bones and body parts in people, creating exoskeletons for children with congenital illnesses in order to help them walk, and it is even said that someday people will have the ability to print working human organs through cheap home devices. These are the kinds of wonderful things that the patent would be capable of preventing, because it even covers edible substances and biological matter like skin, for example.

This kind of freedom and decentralization for manufacturing is a huge threat to the control structure, and many well-established industries threaten to lose their businesses to your average entrepreneur on the street. What we are seeing here is a traditional case of the candlemaker trying to prevent the discovery of electric light.

The good news about this patent is that it is just an invention right now; there is nothing forcing any of these companies to use it. However, we already have mercantilist businesses pressuring government to stifle their competition, as we see with intellectual property and top-down regulation.

Since 3D printers are promising to shake up the marketplace in a way that has not been seen in generations, it seems probable that these kinds of restrictions would be forced on the general public through legislation. Luckil,  as with the current intellectual property battles, the technology seems to be many steps ahead of the people who are trying to keep a lid on it, but to stay ahead it will be necessary for people to resist these suffocating policies in every way possible.

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com.

3D Printed Wikiweapon Company Has Equipment Seized

3D Printed AR-15 shell
Source: Defence Distributed

by J.G. Vibes
Activist Post
October 3, 2012

Defense Distributed, a new company that planned to help average people create firearms at home with 3D printers has had their equipment seized by the manufacturer after news of their controversial project was picked up by the media.

In an email that Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed received from “Stratasys”, the manufacturer, he was told that his primary project, Wikiweapon was illegal. A day later contractors hired by the company arrived at Wilson’s apartment in an Enterprise rental van and took the printer, which apparently hadn’t even been taken out of the box yet.There are many technologies that are beginning to emerge in the consumer market that have the potential to radically disrupt the status quo and shift the power balance on this earth in favor of the general population.

3D printers are one of the first of these devises that come to mind, with the ability to mold any 3 dimensional object from a precise computer graphic. So far, this technology has been used to replace bones and body parts in people, creating exoskeletons for children with congenital illnesses in order to help them walk, and it is even said that someday people will have the ability to print working human organs through cheap home devices.

If given the ability to flourish and develop in every way possible, the millions of people who end up using this technology will be able to create amazing things that could reshape this world for the better in a short amount of time. However, as always the one thing that stands in the way of this achievement is the monopolists of the State, and their violently imposed restrictions on freely interacting individuals.

This has been the debate about 3D printer technology in the past year as Wikiweapon began to grow in popularity and gather press recognition. Wikiweapon was a project that intended to share open-source blueprints for 3-D printed guns, allowing anyone with the right equipment to manufacture a firearm from their home. In fact, this project merely planned to accomplish what is already possible, just on a larger scale. There have actually been people who have printed working, firing guns from a 3D printer. In June, Michael “HaveBlue” Guslick reported on his blog about successfully test-firing a homemade gun whose key component, the lower receiver, he made from ABS plastic on a ’90s-era Stratasys FDM 1600 3D printer.

Since this story came out there has been a mixture of excitement and hysteria in reaction, with gun control lobbyists already churning out the propaganda about this new technology that they see as a threat, because it has the potential to undermine every government regulation that you can possibly think of, if it was able to flourish of course. Sadly, as we are seeing with this recent power move made to prevent this project from going forward, creating an open path for this technology to flourish is going to be a long and difficult battle.

For Defense Distributed and the Wikiweapon project, it already has been a long and difficult battle. This is not the first time that they have had the plug pulled on their operation.The project also faced difficulties in late August, when IndieGogo shut down the project’s campaign, citing a terms of service violation regarding the sale of firearms. Unphased, the group turned to Bitcoin and raised $20,000 to rent the Stratasys 3D printer which was ultimately taken back.

There is good news though: the creators of this project are determined to fight the power and do all of the difficult legwork to make it easier for people in the future to freely use this kind of technology. After his printer was seized Wilson told Wired that: “We want everyone else to not have to do these things, so fine, we’ll do them, we’ll fool around with it, we’ll pay the thousands of dollars per year, It’s just disgusting. I hate that that’s the way it is, but that’s apparently the regulatory landscape.”

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com .

The Printable Firearm Revolution is Closer Than You Think [video included]

by Adan Salazar
September 21, 2012

The right to bear arms is undeniably explicit in the constitution, but what about the right to produce your own arms?

Cody Wilson

That question will inevitably come about following the somewhat recent innovation of 3D printing, and a group’s announcement it wants to distribute plans allowing you to create firearms in your own home.

3D printing is exactly what it sounds like. You can literally “print” physical 3D objects by scanning whatever you want replicated. A 3D printer can work like a copier, but it can also interpret 3D CAD data files to create just about anything.

Earlier this week, an online fund-raising campaign created by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson and a group of friends reached its goal of collecting $20,000 to fund an operation known as the Wiki Weapon Project.

Wilson described the project in a video posted to You Tube in July, stating, “So consider this, a CAD file containing the information for a 3D printable weapon system. If that file was seeded by 30 people, let’s say, as long as there’s a free Internet, that file is available to anyone at any time, all over the world. A gun can be anywhere. Any bullet is now a weapon.”

Under the name Defense Distributed, the group set up an Indiegogo account to accept contributions, however their account was shut down for violating the terms of service. Forbes detailed the manner in which Indiegogo terminated the account:

About a month after the Wiki Weapon project’s launch, Indiegogo sent Defense Distributed an email saying its funds had been frozen due to “unusual account activity,” and followed up with an explanation that it had violated Indiegogo’s terms of service, which don’t allow the sale of “ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories.”

Although Wilson says they weren’t selling any of those items, they didn’t allow the setback to derail their efforts. They opened another donation account on their personal website and have since raised the money needed to rent a 3D printer and further advance their vision. According to Forbes, they’ll also hold a gun design contest to review different firearm designs.

Even though some of their donations came from gun enthusiasts and constitution-upholding patriots, Wilson says the group isn’t just doing it to arm the masses: “It’s more the liberation of information. It’s about living in a world where you just download the file for the thing you want to make in this life.”

Printers, like the RepRap, will have the capability of producing their own replacement parts, thus creating self-sustaining units and opening the door for mass production of endless 3D printers.

The group is sure to face other hurdles in their pursuit of information distribution.

Undeniably, an armed population would lead to safer homes and businesses, effectively reducing police roles to little more than parking and traffic ticket distributors. The project’s success would also murder profits for firearms manufacturers, and might be seen as unfair competition.

Wilson, however, maintains an optimistic view of the precedent their ideas could set: “As the printing press kind of revolutionized literacy, 3D printing is in its moment.”

Below is the video Defense Distributed released in July:

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