Recently there are plenty of controversy surrounding the news of the first 3d printed gun by Defense Distributed.
In case you haven seen it, this is the video.
The model has since been removed from Defence Distributed at the request of the US State Department, with the model part files being download after 100,000. Even so, websites like the Pirate Bay are still offering it as an download. Are they going to take away people’s printer next?
As with all things, there’s always two sides to a coin. You cannot stop people from using technology in ways that you do not want them to. With all the hype that 3d printing is getting these days, we are not surprised that this has caused quite a stir in community.
Amidst of all the controversy, we ought to take a step back and think about the implications. We do not think this actually make 3d printing scary. Lathes and milling machines has been around longer than 3d printers. Are they going to make hardware stores illegal too? The only thing that is of a concern right now is plastic printed guns can’t be detected by metal detectors.
This article is not about gun control. We are not here to debate about copyright issues either. It is about how you utilise technology. With all the money in the world, you can buy the most awesome 3d printer out there. The thing is, what are you going to do with it? Create stuff that benefits mankind? or to destroy the world? Its your call, your freedom, your choice. What do you think? Will you print a gun like this?
To end things, this is a quote from Einstein before the World War 2.
“As long as all international conflicts are not subject to arbitration and the enforcement of decisions arrived at by arbitration is not guaranteed, and as long as war production is not prohibited we may be sure that war will follow upon war. Unless our civilization achieves the moral strength to overcome this evil, it is bound to share the fate of former civilizations: decline and decay.”