Stop 3D Printed Guns Before They’re Even Made With This Software

    June 28, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Regulating 3D printed guns is going to be tricky. You can take down the files from one Web site, and hundreds more will pop up across the Web. You can bar people with a criminal record from buying a 3D printer, but that would keep them from being able to take advantage of this innovative technology. Is there a way to regulate 3D printed firearms without slowing down the proliferation of 3D printers?

Create It Real, a company out of Denmark, says it has a solution to 3D printed firearms. It involves software that detects .CAD files of 3D printed guns, and prevents the user from opening the file. Here’s how it works:

The Danish company Create it Real, however, has found a solution to this issue. Upon opening a 3D file, the smart software scans the model and tries to match its characteristics with the characteristics of a firearm. If certain features align, the software will not allow the user to view and print the model.

For safety reasons, there are no models of firearms stored on the user’s computer but rather a list of its characteristics.

Create it Real’s CEO Jérémie Pierre Gay assured that “printing other, non-firearm models is of course still possible.”

It’s by far the best approach to the “problem” of 3D printed firearms, but it still has a few issues. The software says that it tries to match the characteristics of the model with that of a gun. As we’ve seen before, many harmless things can look like guns. Will the software prevent someone from printing a water gun or a prop for a costume? These are the questions Create It Real will have to answer before regulators can start using the software.

[h/t: 3ders]
  • http://e-marketingpartner.com Bob

    There will be a crack available for this software faster than they can write it.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    People wont load software in the first place or buy a different model of printer this is just another restriction on peoples rights for whatever reason. There is more to making a gun than printing it. you need the right materials and precision machine tools plus more than computer skills. So instead of back to the drawing board it is down to the bar in a bad part of town, should you be that way inclined, as it always has been.

  • Reggie

    Still going to need the bullets…

  • proguns

    I think that this is an infringement on our second amendment gun rights. this company has no more authority to do this than anybody. they have NO authority to do that.

    • R. Paul

      Of course they do. They’re a private company. They can do whatever they want.

  • Triple Lindy

    “going to be tricky”, make that “going to be impossible”. Prohibition of anything in a free society will not work today, has never worked in the past, and will never work in the future. If people want something bad enough, they will find a way.

  • Lewelyn Fidler

    The Founding Fathers already put in place “controls” and “knew” of up coming technology’s and advancements of them, Benjamin Franklin was a “inventor”.

    Any software created also comes with the capacity to “un-create”…. ie no “foolproof” yet nor ever will be.

    **** A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.*****

    The “Bill of Rights” does not dictate unto the people of Rights but in the opposite, it “dictates” to the “Government”

    Tyranny always starts with the “control” thus turn the people into “sheep” and willing “slaves of them”

    Install “restrictions” into the hardware (printer) I buy a “old one”. Install restrictions into software, I re-engineer (crack) the software or with the internet “find one” basically in a “nut-shell” once invented you cannot “un-invent”

    Gun’s have been around almost 700 years…. Gun control is always good for the “one’s who have them”, Germany 1930’s, North Korea, States authorized Militia (1840-1844, Illinois) that once have disarmed the people they themselves become the “mob”