Cody R Wilson is a 25-year-old university law student who has managed to work out how to print semi-automatic weapons using 3D printing technology from the comfort of his own home.
Now he’s putting all the information online so that others will join him. This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up.
This makes Wilson a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue. Motherboard sat down with Cody in Austin, Texas to talk about the constitution, the legal system, and to watch him make and test-fire a 3D-printed gun.
In this film we get to see the CAD file for his lower receiver on his computer, while a five-foot American flag hung in his bedroom as a self-described ironic statement. Wilson is a knowledgeable guy, and spoke at length about the development of Defense Distributed’s lower receiver, telling Motherboard that failure was a part of the scientific process.