3D printed gun

Made:
2013 in Finland
maker:
Yleisradio

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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Overhead view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail view of barrel component against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object in gloved hand against graduated grey
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object in gloved hand against graduated grey
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object in gloved hand against graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail iew of whole object against dark grey background.
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3D printed gun, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013. Detail iew of whole object against dark grey background.
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3D printed gun, single shot pistol, barrel length 55 mm / 2.2 in and calibre 9 mm / 0.35 in, by Yleisradio, Finland, 2013

The design of this gun was created by Defence Distributed – a non-profit digital organisation and placed, open source, on their website so anyone could freely download and share it. Ville Vaarnes, a journalist in Finland, did just that and had the design printed in a university lab using a high-quality 3D printer. He then put it together with the help of a gun maker and fired it. The gun broke into several pieces, shattering the gun barrel.

From an engineering point of view, the gun isn’t particularly special, but it allows us to start a conversation around how the limitless possibilities of free access to information, combined with new manufacturing techniques, like 3D printing, will impact on our lives. The gun represents the limitless, freely available objects you could print, but also the possible desire or need for regulations to limit our access to this information or the tools to produce them.

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3D printed gun

Details

Category:
Computing & Data Processing
Object Number:
2015-255
Measurements:
overall (calibre): 9 mm,
overall (barrel length): 55 mm
type:
single shot pistol
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
  • firearm
credit:
Yleisradio
status:
Permanent collection

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