Eight months ago, University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, 25 (above), and his group of high-tech, libertarian gunsmiths set out to create the world’s first lethal firearm that anyone could download and fabricate with a 3D printer, a machine that prints solid objects as easily as a traditional printer puts ink on a page. In early May, Forbes got the first look at the ‘Liberator’, a fire-ready, 3D-printed handgun. The government has already taken aim, with Congressmen demanding new laws to ban the so-called ‘Wiki Weapon’. Now, 3D printing may find itself squarely in the political crossfire.
(This story appears in the 31 May, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)