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January 23, 2014

3D Printing Helped Cody Wilson to a Quarter-Million-Dollar Deal

3D printing has captured the imaginations of many creators due to its open-ended possibilities of creating life-size images on paper. It opens up new possibilities to move away from Henry Ford's mass production line to the generation of creating customizable products at a fast pace. Such products are created by building one layer over another until the entire object is complete. Its similar to printing to paper, but with a third dimension.

This idea of 3D printing was particularly interesting to Cody Wilson. He created the first 3D gun called Liberator and he posted the blueprint for the same online. As expected, this stirred up a lot of controversy with some people believing that it is the right way to bring attention to gun control laws while others thinking that it is a dangerous precedent. As a result of his creation, Wilson is embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. government for publishing the blueprint online.

The controversy stemmed from the belief that a blueprint for creating firearms could give the know-how to average Americans to create their own weapon. This circulation of blueprint in the Internet was what compounded fears at a time when there are so many shootings taking place around the county. However, Wilson believes otherwise. He thinks that this is his way of pushing for stricter gun control laws in the country.

To express his point of view and to give people the reason behind creating a 3D gun blueprint and circulating it, he has entered into an agreement with the well-known publishing house Simon & Schuster. According to the terms of agreement, Wilson will get a quarter million dollars for this effort. Wilson plans to use this money for the upcoming legal battle against the government that is expected to cost him a lot of money. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

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