09/19/2020

Watch the Plastikov variant of the AK-47, 3D printed

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Watch the Plastikov variant of the AK-47, 3D printed

The Plastikov is a 3D printed variant of the AK-47 rifle. Developed by Ivan the Troll, the Plastikov consists of commonly available AK-47 parts and a reinforced thermoplastic receiver made by 3D printing.

“Is 3-D Printing the Future of Terrorism?”

The threat of the 3D-printed gun has loomed large in the American imagination for nearly a decade. In 2013, Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed — an open-source collective devoted to developing printable guns — unveiled plans for the world’s first entirely 3D-printed gun: The “Liberator,” a clunky-looking, single-shot, plastic beige handgun named in honor of the FP-45 Liberator, a pistol that U.S. soldiers dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied territories during World War II.

Shortly after Wilson released the files online, the State Department forced him to take them down, jump-starting a debate over guns, gun control, and free speech that continues to pop up whenever 3D-printed firearms are mentioned. Wilson wasn’t penalized for making his Liberator prototype, though; the feds only swooped in once he shared the blueprints online.