MakerBot purges 3D printable gun parts from Thingiverse

/ 4 years ago

Recently, Thingiverse removed the 3D designs of the AR15 and other weapons from its 3D printing file library.

Although the STL files can be found in torrent sharing websites, it has been removed from thingiverse and the following statement was given to CNET:

“MakerBot’s focus is to empower the creative process and make things for good. MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers make innovative products, new tools, models, fashion items, works of art, and 3D things of all types. MakerBot’s Thingiverse website is designed to be the best place to get and share downloadable 3D “Things.” Thingiverse’s Terms of Service state that users agree not to use Thingiverse “to collect, upload, transmit, display, or distribute any User Content (ii) that…promotes illegal activities or contributes to the creation of weapons, illegal materials or is otherwise objectionable.” If an item has been removed, it is because it violates the Thingiverse Terms of Service.”

Earlier on, there was a video where it was shown that a 3D Printer gun was able to shoot a few bullets and now that 3D printers are available as cheap as $500, anyone could print one out.