Meet the lulz Liberator, a pistol that you can make in your own 3D printer and use to solve problems, protect yourself from terrorists.
If you haven’t yet understood the incredible potential behind 3D printers, here’s another addition to the growing flexibility of these self-replicating beauties. Although the original model of the weapon, simply called the “Liberator”, was printed on a Stratasys printer (which is terribly out of reach for most manufacturers and enthusiasts), this revised version of Lulz was made entirely with a fairly low-end 3D printer.
This raises some questions regarding the regulation of these devices and whether they will be banned, monitored or restricted in the future. In the meantime, watch a short Video of the hobby gun down.
As you may have guessed, these printed plastic models are still very powerful, but not necessarily known for their reliability.
The video description says that the barrel had to be replaced after the eighth shot in his Tests, and the cartridges had to be hammered after each shot. Nevertheless, a bullet can do a lot of damage, as history has shown, and these weapons are more than capable of unloading their contents into something very vivid.
Although the process of creating weapons is not easy and requires a fairly deep knowledge of ballistics and technique, this proof-of-concept weapon aims to assert a point. These DIY weapons are possible and do not require high-end hardware, nor failure after a single release. Doing these printed miracles is still a risky undertaking, but it remains to be seen whether these will make the news in the near future, or whether they are just a slightly repressed fear in our hearts.