Defense Distributed Cody Wilson Is Running Up Against Freedom Haters Again

First it was Fedex & UPS that didn’t want to ship his AR-15 lower making CNCs… now a carbon fiber printer company doesn’t (allegedly) want his money:

He’s putting a $15,000 bounty on one.  Note, that they are worth $5500.  I shit a brick when I first heard about it in his above video.  After watching the video below though, I see it just lays carbon fiber in strips.  Yea that probably does add some strength, but the strength in actual carbon fiber is because it is laid in a lattice.  Still does look cool though as you can see in the below promo video.  I would have liked to see some parts directly off the machine though rather than marketing fluff.

This is very smart of Mark Forged and Cody Wilson, if this was planned.  Even if it wasn’t, look at all the publicity on all the sites this is getting.  I’m starting to get a feel for this controversy advertising thing.

Thoughts?

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jeff March 4, 2015 at 04:17 am

ah good old american capitalism .. further proof that if you have money you can have anything you want.
he will pay 15k for one but then sue the company for discrimination / deformation for a million lol go cody !!

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Mountain March 4, 2015 at 05:10 am

Strengthening plastics does bring them into the realm of practical.
Moar info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiPQpiE4_qY

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ENDO-Mike March 4, 2015 at 02:03 pm

Cool thanks I’ll take a look!

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Jim Jones March 4, 2015 at 07:10 am

Given that those engineers are from MA, I doubt it’s a stunt. They probably don’t want the kind of publicity that Cody’s work is going to bring to their product. Can’t blame them. At the same time, it is really naive of them to think that they can control what their users will do with the final product. I would think that they can still fuck with Cody by not allowing the software to work, or not providing needed updates in the future.

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ENDO-Mike March 4, 2015 at 02:05 pm

Yea definitely an interesting occurrence. The last part of your comment would likely hinge on them knowing which printer was his, so they could block it. Even if they could, there are probably a dozen ways to circumvent that.

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tincankilla March 5, 2015 at 02:18 pm

“God knows what you’re going to do with it.” PEW PEW PEW, that’s what imma gonna do.

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