It seems like only a couple days ago SolidSmack was reporting on Cody Wilson and his move to ‘revolutionize’ 3D Printing with Well, the resilient 3D printing poster boy for 3D printed firearms is back in the news again after having recently received his Type 7 Federal Firearms License granting him the ability to make and sell 3D printed firearms.

“Look Who Has a License to Manufacture Firearms”

Cody Wilson (founder and ‘leader’) of Defense Distributed posted the above picture of a Type 7 Federal Firearms Licence (FFL) on the group’s Facebook page on Saturday with the caption:


Wilson and crew submitted their application roughly six months ago in October of 2012. In most cases (according to the FFL website) the process can take as little as 60 days, but due to the murky political situation regarding 3D printed firearm components, this application took closer to twice that—or six months.

3 Lowers Side By Side

While this is a big step for Wilson and Defense Distributed, there are still some hoops to jump through before becoming a full-fledged firearm manufacturer. Currently, Wilson said he will not actually begin the process of manufacturing and selling guns until he receives the Class 2 Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) add-on. The SOT will allow him to manufacture and deal a wider range of firearms under the National Firearms Act. An example of what Wilson will be able to do with the Class 2 SOT add on is manufacture an entire fully-automatic rifle. He sent in his application for the SOT on Saturday 3/16 and is expecting to receive approval in early April:

“The big thing it allows me to do is that it makes me [a manufacturer] under the law—everything that manufacturers are allowed to do…I can sell some of the pieces that we’ve been making. I can do firearms transactions and transport.”


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.