It is well known that even the most revolutionary technological advancements have their downside. This attack has not been spared, and the technology of three-dimensional printing. As it turned out, it can be used to print not only car bodies, houses, aircraft parts and orthopedic prostheses, but also firearms. To do this, it is enough to have quite a bit - a computer with the Internet, where the necessary drawings and files are legally placed, as well as access to a 3D printer with the appropriate "ink".
A bit of history. In 2013, a certain Wilson designed and produced the world's first 3D-printed weapon. Convinced of its reliability, he immediately shared his developments with Internet users on the Defense Distributer website. The US Department of State became interested in the case, since the rules of the international arms trade were violated.
The site was closed, but this did not stop Wilson, and in 2015 he sued the State Department for violating his rights guaranteed by the First and Second Amendments of the US Constitution. The trial, which had been dragging on for several years, ended in June this year in favor of the plaintiff.
However, this is a victory with very grave consequences, since access to cheap weapon technology was gained by millions of Internet users, among whom there will certainly be cybercriminals.
And yet, the American Themis did not flinch and made another desperate attempt to drive the newfound dangerous genie into a bottle. Seattle federal judge Robert Lasnick on Tuesday night banned the publication of blueprints of weapons for 3D printing, according to the New York Times. The official hearing will continue on August 10, and until that time, the Defense Distributer will not be able to host the next portions of the weapons schemes.