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Search engine for 3D printed gun parts launches in a month, promises Defense Distributed

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Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed fires a gun
Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed fires a gun

A new search engine for 3D printed gun parts and other patented objects is coming within a month, according to Austin-based organization Defense Distributed. The upcoming "" is set to be a new, improved version of of the organization's current 3D file catalog, It will host paid advertising alongside search results to help pay for the organization's growth, as founder Cody Wilson explained in an interview with Forbes' Andy Greenberg. Wilson, a 24-year-old law student, is also due to reveal more details at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, this afternoon.

Defense Distributed released a video trailer for the new search engine this morning, in which Wilson provides a brief summary of the organization's history and philosophy, highlighting the fact that 3D printer company Makerbot and its CEO Bre Prettis took down 3D printed gun files from Makerbot's file catalog, Thingiverse, in December last year. In the trailer, Wilson promises "no takedowns," on He also says, "Defcad stands against artificial scarcity, intellectual property, copyright, patentable objects, and regulation in all of its forms."

The move comes on the heels of Defense Distributed's recently published videos of successful test firings of new 3D printed automatic weapon parts, including a from-scratch high capacity AR magazine design it calls "Cuomo," after New York State's gun-control supporting Democratic governor, and a new AK magazine named after another gun control proponent, California's Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein.