Oh, great. A Danish 3D printer company, Create it REAL, wants to take away the freedom that 3D printers give us: the ability to create whatever we want for our own personal use. I figured the government would be the first to somehow monitor if we were using a 3D printer to make a gun, but here’s a 3D printer company bragging about the ability to censor what’s printed.
In a press release, the company said that they have developed “smart software” that will be able to detect if the model has the characteristics of a firearm. If it does, it will not print. I don’t know if that includes squirt guns.
I don’t even have the energy to comment on yet another group of people freaking out about 3D printing guns, except to say this: hurray for people in countries with strict gun control laws to finally have a chance to be able to get a hold of a gun so they can protect themselves in their own homes, and against potentially tyrannical governments (if you haven’t noticed they are on the rise). The criminals have guns, the governments have guns, so good for any otherwise law-abiding citizen being able to arm themselves as well.
Next up, background checks and 10-day waiting periods before buying a 3D printer.
Here’s the press release from Create it REAL:
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Create It Real sells 3D printers, software and electronic platform. According to Jeremie Pierre Gay, CEO of the company, this add-on can quickly recognizes digital gun part models, and then a deeper inspection will be made for avoiding false "alarm". And they have so far added the data for the 3D printable gun Liberator and DefDist's AR-15 lower receiver. More parts will be added to the database in the future.
The company is working on bring this software to the market. Still, there are some issues. Technically it would be difficult to recognize all the gun parts. A software can prevent printing of a hollow cylinder of a certain size, a firing pin, or a certain type of spring, but no way it can detect those small parts commonly used in every device.
Secondly the government may regulate 3D printed guns by insisting 3D printer manufacturers install such kind of software. It would be pretty difficult for a small company trying to regulate 3D printed guns by selling software or solutions to 3D printer manufacturers, while a lot of them use only open source software. And, will consumers purchase a 3D printer with anti-gun-parts software installed, which says "Firearm detect! You cannot print this model" once for a while? It is getting too complex.