Episode #20

3D-Printed Guns and Violent Video Games

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A non-profit in Texas called Defense Distributed is working to perfect its design for a so-called "Wiki Weapon," a plastic gun made with a 3D printer that would fire like the real McCoy. 

Earlier this month, the group successfully 3D-printed and tested a 30-round magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, according to Forbes, circumventing proposed laws that would outlaw high-capacity clips. 

This week on New Tech City, reporter Eric Molinsky reports on the debate in the 3D-printing world over whether people should be allowed to print whatever they want, including gun parts. 

Molinsky spoke with 3D printers (the people, not the machines) in Manhattan who are appalled by the idea of making lethal weapons. 

But outside New York and San Francisco, some people are excited by the prospect of creating things like cars and guns out of plastic, according to Matt Griffin, author of a forthcoming book about 3D printing. 

"Advocates of 3D printing don't want this technology to get dragged into the contentious national debate over guns," Molinsky reports. "They worry lawmakers might overreact and pass laws that could end up slowing down the speed of innovation for an entire industry."

Then, New Tech City takes a look at the latest research on violent video games with Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games And What Parents Can Do.


Cheryl Olson

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman


Eric Molinsky

Comments [3]

frustrated from Michigan

Electedface you need to get your facts straight. You can not get a gun online unless it is shipped to an ffl and by law the ffl has to do the fbi call same as buying from a gun store. I have been to more than one gun show and every gun I have bought at them I have had to have the same procedure as at a gun shop. That 40% number is a made up also. If your so interested in the gun control debate, maybe you should do some fact checking instead of spreading political lies.

Feb. 02 2013 10:04 AM
Bryon from Toronto

The 3D craze has swept moviegoers off their feet through the popularity of movies like Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and just recently, Toy Story 3. The concept of 3D is an old one, but recent technological upgrades in the last few years have made it an even more mind-blowing experience. It also makes one think that it's only a matter of time before the technology infiltrates our homes. In fact, with the release of 3D TV, it already has. This is an excert from my blog BTW I link back to this site from my page also. Thank you for your contribution it keeps my site updated.

Jan. 30 2013 02:08 AM

40% of guns sold do not perform background checks on the buyer. These are acquired illegally through online gun sales, gun shows, etc.

Jan. 29 2013 08:05 PM

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