Police in Manchester have arrested a man for 3D printing the components to a gun – but some have suggested the objects actually appear to be spare printer parts.
Police raided the home in Baguley, Manchester yesterday, finding what they described as a 3D printer, a plastic magazine and trigger, “which could be fitted together to make a viable 3D gun”.
However, some – including Gigaom – have pointed out that the parts may be more benign, noting the item the police say is a trigger looks similar to part of a component listed on Thingiverse, a database of 3D printable designs.
Scott Crawford, head of 3D printing firm Revolv3D, said the parts were common to anyone with that model of 3D printer.
“As soon as I saw the picture… I instantly thought ‘I know that part’,” he told PC Pro. “They designed an upgrade for the printer soon after it was launched, and most people will have downloaded and upgraded this part within their printer. It basically pulls the plastic filament, and it used to jam an awful lot.
The parts are currently being examined. If it does turn out to be just printer parts (which it seriously looks to be), I hope a big apology and mea culpa is forthcoming.
Seriously, shouldn’t police KNOW that you can’t make viable guns out of plastic!? That should be pretty basic knowledge. But they really grabbed the bit and ran with this story, calling it a “significant discovery” and linking it immediately to weapon supplies for criminal gangs.
Tip: Jeb Card