Having recently been approved for a Type 7 Federal Firearms Licence (FFL), Cody Wilson just can’t seem to stay out of the news these days (not that he has a problem with that). Currently Wilson is awaiting his early-April approval for his Class 2 Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) add-on which will allow him to manufacture and deal firearms under the National Firearms Act. To add fuel to the media fire, the popular counter-culture media hub VICE just released an honest and raw 25 minute documentary where perhaps for the first time, we get to see the real Cody Wilson and why he is so passionate about the 3D printing revolution.

Click. Print. Gun

While many may have mixed feelings on Cody Wilson and his 3D printed weapon movement, it’s difficult to turn away from the 25 year-old’s articulated approach towards liberating a unique aspect of 3D printing. The combination of his legal smarts (he is currently a law student at the University of Texas), relevant tech skills, and sheer desire to ‘do something radical’ have been the fuel for his Defense Distributed and DEFCAD.com projects that are at the center of controversy right now. Between gun laws, copyright restrictions, and the uncertainty of what the future of 3D printing holds for everybody, Wilson is—and will continue to be—one of the leaders of the 3D printing revolution:

“It’s impossible to know where that mission will end, but just as it’s clear that 3D printing is set to boom, it’s clear that Wilson and company have changed the boundaries of what that boom will bring.”
-Erin Lee Carr, VICE


After watching the documentary and getting a better glimpse of Wilson and his agenda, what are your thoughts?

For more information on Cody Wilson:


Defense Distributed


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  • Mark

    Well, you can print this and about all you’ll be able to do is hit someone over the head with it. You still need a parts kit, barrel, stock, magazine, bolt carrier group, gas system, and ammo. The main components being the barrel bcg, and the ammo can’t be printed so this is completely harmless. Now you could also turn around and print a sharp object, or a blunt object, walk outside and kill several people. In fact blunt objects kill far more people per year then guns do. So I ask, where are the blog posts, CNN videos, and uproar over the ability to 3D print sharp or blunt objects? Oh that’s right, those items just don’t convey the same level of hysteria that a gun does. And boring stories don’t generate ratings or ad revenue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=822755054 Mark Young

    A lot of the media seem to equate 3D printing with 3D CAD. They don’t appreciate that a 3D file can be printed, machined, moulded, sawn, or whatever – they don’t realise that sending 3d files around the internet is not new.

    You are right that about this being no more than a blunt object and we’re a long way off printing all those other bits. But it is 1 part that could be made simply at home now, instead of needing a big CNC machine. So there is a story there. I guess it is no different to people making homemade bombs out of legit cleaning products & fertiliser. But it’s illegal to do that here and I would want it to be illeagal to make a firearm at home too. Even if teh CAD revolution makes it easy.

    I guess this guy has seen a niche and wants to be the leader. In Europe we don’t have the same constitutional right for guns so the demand is not the same and the thinking is not the same. We like the government controlling gun availabilty for us. I don’t have a legal right to carry a gun so I don’t feel design & patent laws are restricting me. I can see in the US some would feel they are.

  • ion

    None of this matters, for the majority of humans have already had there weapon carefully and methodically removed with full consent,THEY HAVE NO BRAIN!
    It is impossible for them to defend themselves, they are already dead.

    “This is my brain. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    My brain is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
    My brain, without me, is useless. Without my brain, I am useless.”

  • Matrix007

    Interesting character. How much collage students can afford the digs and funds to create this company. Seems like CIA…These r how the Zuckermans (Facebook are made…Just marinate on it. Alot more could be said…However, i’ll leave it at that…

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