3D Printed Guns (Documentary)

3D Printed Guns (Documentary)



gun control for us is a fantasy in a way that like people say we you're being unrealistic about printing you gun I think it's more unrealistic now especially going forward to think you could ever control this technology 2012 was a bloody year in America one that saw 16 mass shootings in 15 different states the violence led Helen O'Neill of The Associated Press to double the year of the gun it all came to a head on December 14th in Newtown Connecticut that morning 20 year old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook elementary and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life in the hard days to come that community needs us to be at our best as Americans and I will do everything in my power as president to help in the wake of the tragedy President Obama announced 23 executive actions meant to curb gun violence included were universal background checks as well as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun in defiance the NRA and other pro-gun activists stepped up campaigns that directly opposed any new gun control regulations in the midst of this political firestorm is Cody R Wilson a 25 year old graduate student and self-described crypto anarchist Cody is trying to put an end to the gun control debate with 3d printing as one of the key figures in the wiki weapon movement his goal is produce and publish a file for a completely 3d printed firearm one that anyone can download and then create with the right tools he does this under the banner of his Austin texas-based company defense distributed 3d printing or additive manufacturing works like this a computer-aided design or CAD file is created that file is then sent to a 3d printer the printer then builds the object in the CAD file by starting at the base and applying a series of layers at the end of the process a 3d printed item is born so how will the ability to self manufacture untraceable firearms affect the gun control debate motherboard traveled to Austin to make Cody Wilson's perspective so this is my warehouse basically it's a space that we've been using since August we have a 3d printer on site which medium when you get a federal farms license your activity and the location are all tied together with the license so I can't have the license and go do things somewhere else I have to have it at a location and this is the object connects parent that we've been using from the very beginning our very first low receiver is printed here and I'll hook it up an upper and fired it so the project begins and no one will listen to you okay so this is testing their printed lower with an AR 5 7 upper you fight just to be heard you break it and then something changes and then you heard we hypothesized a gun-control future right even even whenever they weren't coming for us but you said that three four months ago that's right Joe Biden this is no country for old man we really don't think it's a stunt man I think the states now making it easier for us to prove this point whatever this permanent assault weapon ban is going to be how's that national conversation going he's this guy hero or a villain by defense distributed in Austin Texas My partner Ben Daniel the guy who basically came up with the idea with me we were on the phone and Dunn was like you know we could be like arms manufacturers that'd be cool right you know what about 3d printing you know and at that point we weren't aware that anyone had done it or was trying to I said you know like if we could print a gun I get other people could do this like what if we gave it away you know open-source style you know what would that mean and we realized well Holly this is really attractive you begin with the file often you have it in CAD its parametric you can edit it but you say well we don't know how this works so you test it in software because that's cheaper then you find your printer what material does that printer use you say okay I'd like this material let's see what this can do you know you wait 12 hours wait 7 hours you might wait a day ok now we have a piece and in the case of lower receivers it's easy I mean the thing it's not dangerous if it failed defense distributed is currently focused on designing a durable lower receiver which is the mechanism that houses the trigger all of their lower receivers to this point have been designed for the highly customizable ar-15 the same type of gun used in the Sandy Hook massacre you know we couldn't predict at Sandy Hook and some of these other events but people say you know where do you think your project fits within this greater discussion about gun control if we make a second amendment argument it's all the way it's to the limit but I don't like to make it about the Second Amendment or gun control at all it's more radical for us like there are people from all over the world downloading our files and we say good you know we say you should have access to this you simply should we left the warehouse and travel across town to Cody's apartment which doubles as defense distributed HQ it is also home to his private Arsenal all the magic that the ATF allows to regulate happens right in here so this is the firearm and commerce none of this is serialized you're making orders right through the mail you know if you're 12 years old you can buy it online you know which i think is a thing of beauty I like fitting the clear piece to it because you can kind of see everything inside the only problem that this piece has is it just simply can't take some of the recoil forces and I think we can fix them so this is a thousand 80 rounds of corrosive 5.5 by 39 what's great right now about America you can buy ammunition online you know right and this is post Sandy Hook Krays ammo I found good deal the question that I hear a lot is well why does anyone need you know an ammunition clip more than 30 rounds you know or 30 rounds why does anyone need that don't don't you know they can do all kinds of harm with that why shouldn't we limit their reload times but I think there's an error there and I can like demonstrate it in other ways well why does anyone need to house why does anyone need to make more than $400,000 you hear it every day it's just like a kind of dim view of human spontaneity like because we are so free everything must be prohibited like one other crew up here Canada global news just because they're so just like the Terrorism like they're just so terrified by it for historical purposes right this is a pre banned semi-auto this is what it used to look like kids but if I could do it over find knew that there'd be a band coming I get into the AR cuz I mean you're never gonna find five four five laying around this is like version three of our lower and in fact our first really successful like step from our first test so this was our first piece though that could take us to like a hundred round and like the design of the AR system allows this I mean people have carved lowers out of wood you know this isn't we're not trying to say like oh you know here it is we're trying to prove a point that like look you can print this out of plastic and just to take the New York Times point specifically you can do this in your bedroom you know it's to prove this political point that look at gun control doesn't mean what it meant in 1994 I'm Nick Bilton I'm a columnist for The New York Times and lead writer for The New York Times bits blog and I cover technology and privacy and culture and the things that are changing in society as a result of those when you first see something that's printed out in three dimensions that kind of blow your mind a little bit and so I'd always tracked this technology as I'd been a reporter at The Times and one day I was on Thingiverse which is a website which allows you to upload parts for 3d printers and then download them and I came across a gun part and I was kind of blown away I was like what is this thing and it's the more started to research the more I started to find out that there was this very very small group people that were exploring building a 3d gun thingiverse.com which is kind of like known in the hobby or the maker community to be like this repository of community information for 3d printing it decided to take unilateral action and just remove all these gun related files and you know it seems pretty clear it was a response to Sandy Hook so look up you know without even judging what they're doing it just is an act of censorship in my mind yeah they have a terms they have a Terms of Service that say well you can't have gun files but they had hosted those files some of them for up to a like over a year but those files immediately went down and we recognized okay you know people don't know at least in the maker community where to go now so we decided to launch def CAD dot org and hosted all the files that they took down and then since then people have no double the files that we have just sending us files I get files at least once a day you know sometimes more how cool the blaze articles out people rushing to download online blueprints so it's like you know and this will only reinforce what's going on so it's a piece about our site def cad talking more or less about how you know there's a virtual rush on I had posted this list of all the government visitors to our site okay there's not like strong sharing or anything on it yet but Cody Wilson had been featured and wired I believe and then he'd also kind of made the news as his 3d printer had been taken away after he'd put a video online explaining what he was gonna do on September 26 2012 cody was notified that the 3d printer he'd recently began leasing was being repossessed the manufacturers reasoning Cody's lack of a Federal Firearms License and his public statements regarding the intended use for the printer well so this is these boxes are the you print SC plus printer this is as far as I had gotten so just wanted to tell you guys why you were taking this okay I've just they didn't say anything about it so for the record I was trying to print guns with that printer and they took it away because I was trying to prank cons with it just just let you know when I called them up and we spoke he just actually he just left the ATF's offices they'd been actually discussing what is legal and what is not this was an entirely new thing they knew that it was illegal to own this part for a gun without having it registered and so on but when you can make the part for the gun that you know changes the whole course of the conversation okay that's the best way to talk about it this whole piece you know begins from an ageist file that can be cnc milled into like a you know a metal receiver it's just not built for being in plastic so when we had fired our first one we noticed a lot of give in the back of the piece was bouncing it was flexing and then the recoil of the gun tore right through this buffer towers so we doubled the thickness all the way around and we thought you know even even marginally that improves the strength especially in the object material we were using I'm kind of out here with only two or three people helping in Austin we concentrate our efforts on lowers and like I'm just just now started with magazine and in fact the whole operation has like pivoted we've told I've got like four or five guys really all the people that I know are talented in SolidWorks working on high-capacity it proves the point much better than the lower sea with us you can't ban a box in the spring this is a cult theme 16 printed high-capacity magazine you know we come out and we say yeah look we're willing to look like idiots you know but the interest is in preserving firearms on the Internet and people like that message you know despite this whole kind of idea of like you know democratic consensus I mean there's a lot of people who are interested so they do whatever they can we get donations every day you know Cody's 24 years old when I was 24 years old I was reading books about you know Israel and Gaza and believed that there were this kind of conspiracy in that and and it's part of who we are it's part of what we do and it just happens that Cody has has has decided to stick with guns this is this thing that he's going to to fight for there's this Fukuyama's idea that like history had ended after the Cold War right and that like if we could just tweet neoliberal democracy everything's going to be fine forever you know that like somehow this is like the final political forum I mean this is ridiculous and like and you can see it there's there's no evidence of a political program anymore in the world in America there aren't genuine politics there's the media telling you Barack Obama versus University Mitt Romney is like the epic clash of ideology when we both know they're globalist neoliberals I mean they both exist to preserve like the interests of this relatively autonomous class of Goldman Sachs bankers you know he believes that he's he's doing the right thing and that that he is kind of perpetuating this this this kind of technology and looking at what it will be but I also think there is definitely a part of a part of what he's doing for attention I mean I got the reader email I got on that gun piece was was phenomenal and a large majority of it was why you gave him this kid attention it's clear that that this is why he's doing it I don't remember a lot of about my exchange with with Nick but it was like very matter-of-fact he was like you know why you know the piece disappointed me a little bit he's like you know you know now felons and children and then in saying okay blah blah blah you know and this man wants children to have guns all right fine you know take the easy road fine you know but at least he was saying you know it's intentionally disruptive that's true and New York Times reporter sensational I think no I'm just kidding um no you know it's really interesting is so as someone who's been covering 3d printers since they were wouldn't just actually be coming into the mainstream a little bit right I have seen that the people that are interested in them are teenagers and so my thought when I when I heard about what Cody was up to was the fact that the first people that are probably gonna use these or gonna be kids the reality is he could be the canary in the coal mine that is showing us what the future may be so we're at one of the service bureaus that helps us out basically one of our printers north of Austin we come here to prototype a lot of our designs this one's good because well this particular printer is good because we can hop on this almost anytime you want the volume of the machine is such that we can just kind of come in as with other pieces that are being printed I truly do believe that in the next decade the majority of Americans will have a 3d printer in their home I truly believe that they were printing out cups and plates and and furniture and all these different things and some of those people will be printing out weapons with that and I think that that's something that we should be talking about now not waiting until it happens a decade from now the science fiction writers that we all grew up they imagine world where technology solves problems they don't imagine worlds where it creates problems and kills people when Bree and MakerBot and those guys developed these 3d printers they imagine people making clothes hooks and baby pins and all these wonderful things that make the world a better place they had no concept none of us had any concept that these things would be used to create weapons that would kill people you have people like Cody that come along and look at something that you think is a cute little kitten and realized that he can program it to kill people other people can stand on our shoulders and learn from what we've done and take it farther we reached out to Bre Pettis who is CEO of MakerBot and co-founder of Thingiverse but he refused to comment on this story like removing velcro technology always moves quicker than the law so you know it was six years before Facebook was actually held accountable for all the privacy things that they've done by the FTC right six years and a billion users before the FTC actually caught up to the things that they'd done and this is happening now with 3d printers and guns I've read a lot of the criticisms the back and forth in the maker community in the tech community about well me or 3d brains like desktop but you know no it's not it's nothing like it at all it's not gonna be the same you know who can know I I do see how those materials like carbon morph coming you know there's there's complex materials coming out even for cheap printers in unexpected ways and I think if complex materials can keep being developed for 3d printing it is going to be what some people are saying about it a real step forward some people are willing to run all the way with it maybe where some of them are like you know whole guns you know but it's a vision of something you know thank you man that's good so here's the piece of you picked up so this is like I think revision was it three do you remember the file yeah staying and everything yep this is a black coating on it so it's badass it's not threaded yeah no we got this I got my tap wrench to work that's the other goal so we're printing two magazines today like 30 Ron and the point is just a demonstration so when's the USG i mag it probably won't work right long but one of these shelves I think really will but anything over 10 at this point proves a point the only things recognized like promulgated in this culture are like kinds of irreversible things progress growth to have a symbolic gift like the printable gun does come so much ideological damage and violence to these ideas you hear these progressives talk all the time about the wrong side of history like somehow we're gonna get to some result and it's all gonna be a whole and good and we say no here's an element of reversibility and there's nothing you can do about it it's like the intelligence and transparency of evil itself it can't be ignored a supporter of defense distributed join us for the field test he asked that we not use his real name hey you know Feinstein's bill right would regulate semi-autos harsher than fully automatic weapons Wow it was to be passed today as it was proposed you think it's all right I see that hammers ringing there on the right firearms are so demonized as something that's going to hurt somebody but with a firearm actually is a tool and it depends on how you would like to utilize it and you can't really ban something based upon in the individual intent with all these mass killings going on it was their intent to do that if they really wanted to do it they wouldn't need a firearm they would do whatever it takes to do what they want to do don't tell me we're gonna get all the way out here in this anymore we'll make it work well we're gonna need like a hammer as Kody and his associate began fitting the lower receiver to the ar-15 they ran into an unexpected problem the black died of the manufacture applied to the piece made it slightly too thick to go with the rest of the gun before let's try it I like last time I just like use the hammer got it there regardless I just fine maybe this paint will give it like a 0.01% strength improvement yeah and we'll break a hundred rounds empty done oh okay I thought I'd do well how many rounds was that well I've got a mag you know just pattern at this point you know this is like what Jin 300 the 27 rounds we know that we're already in a better place in this but I'm happy to demonstrate 30 rounds for you today you know definitely shortly after we wrap filming defense distributed post of this video on the YouTube page it shows the latest version of their lower receiver firing over 600 rounds without failure when you research the ATF for comment on the story a representative told us that there's really no restrictions with an individual manufacturing firearms for personal use they then directed us towards their FAQ then on March 16th defense distributed announced that the etf had approved Cody Wilson's application for a Federal Firearms License Cody is now able to sell the 3d printed lower receivers but he won't I don't think reads hope Ian's I think the real utopia is the idea that we can go back to the 1990s and everything will be perfect forever all we're saying is now you can now does the Internet you

28 thoughts on “3D Printed Guns (Documentary)

  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Damn vice….bias much? Sad excuse for an interview. Should've actually gave this man a real interview and not wasted his time.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    This guy is a genius and a sped at all at the same time

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    police are coming! quick! melt the gun! criminals will eat this shit up

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    wait

    that should be illegal

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    So hyped…
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/threelly-ai-for-youtube/dfohlnjmjiipcppekkbhbabjbnikkibo

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Why can't I freely own a nuclear missile or bombs, or rocket launchers, or a mini-gun? I'm just asking.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    First Amendment gave me written Freedom to make this post. The Second Amendment physically backs up that right. Without either, I am a serf, a slave and chattel of the handful of powerful.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Gun control means go more. Please liberals keep it up. Lol you'll never take them 🖕Cory Booker 🖕

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    I love my AR-15 all six of them

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Yeah like I would trust a plastic made gun. Right! You trust if first!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    what they show in this film is basically like cancer. it's incredible to see how easily it can spread.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    RIP Cody Wilson. Have fun in jail.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    This man needs to be in an insane asylum. If any of the murderer school children's parents, walked in & shot this immature, greedy slimebag, twenty times in the head; I would vote the parent not guilty.
    After watching this, I feel that all family members & friends of mass shooters; have every right to kill guys like him & all NRA CEOs.
    The idea that these scumbags r protecting democracy, is a sick joke.
    Distribution of ar-15s to teenagers & to demented people is ok.?
    Mass killers would have killed so many w,/o these weapons, how; by using a knife ???
    If there really a god, this guy should rot in hell.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Ok i go buy 3d printer and print full function tank xDDD

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Where you getting one of that machine to buy???????

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Suprised how some of the people in the comments doesn´t really get the implications. For start, 3D printed firearms could be made in countries where owning a firearm is restricted or prohibited. No control over who owns the firearm would be possible. No tracing of the firearms origin would be possible. Non-metal firearms who can pass metal detectors are already made as prototypes etc.

    BTW this is Vice, it is left biased, deal with it. If you want unbiased or right-biased documentaries, go somewhere else. I don´t call Guardian morrons because they are left biased. They clearly state that they are. Nothing wrong with that.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Lmao omfg u leftists from Vice. What you're not telling people is these "shootings" are fucking false flags!! Why?? To control the guns!!!! Just watch….the more false flags the more gun control. It's called hegelian dialectic. "They" create the problem, so that in turn they can offer said "solution" to the problem they fucking started/created to begin with!!! What madness is this?? We aren't stupid anymore we are waking up!! Bad people are going to do bad things regardless of guns or no. Also, bad guys WILL get guns even if u ban them!! Gun control isn't the issue, never has been never will be. It's ALL about pushing an agenda!! U leftists need to get out more often. Go shoot one. Learn about them. Use them respectfully and peacefully and as a defensive and hunting weapon only!! Stop being nancies!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    I think Obama staged these school shooting just take out guns away so cops can have guns

    notice no school shooting with trump

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    LOL "Oh that's cool" 11:09 😂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    But can you print the bullet tho ?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    How can I print bullet shells and gunpowder as well?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    This guy is hilarious and cool asf
    He’s kind of evil and a hero at the same time

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    This Cody is right. Freedom means freedom, fuck off the censors.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    CODY WILSON HEROE de la humanidad y la libertad

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Shutup liberal pansies, I have one ball and its 5 times bigger than yours.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    ATF says a show string is a machine gun. This is why this exists because of a regulatory agency people fucking hate.

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