The Lulz Liberator: $25 Gun Produced On A Cheap Desktop 3D Printer Fires Nine Shots
Despite the U.S. State Department’s crackdown on Defense Distributed and their “Liberator” 3D-printed gun, the development of weapons produced on 3D printers is rapidly evolving.
In the wake of the release of videos showing the Liberator in action, New York, California and Washington D.C. moved to ban 3D-printed guns but that hasn’t stopped people from developing cheaper and better performing weaponry.
Defense Distributed’s Liberator was printed using an $8,000 secondhand Stratasys Dimension SST. At the time of writing, a used 2004 Stratasys Dimension SST is being sold on eBay for $9,999.
Joe successfully fired the Lulz Liberator nine times using .380 caliber rounds and a string for safety purposes, vastly beating out the durability of the Defense Distributed Liberator.
While the original Liberator was generally only fired once per printed barrel in testing, Joe’s model successfully fired eight rounds on one barrel before a new barrel was swapped out for the ninth round.
“The only reason we stopped firing is because the sun went down,” Joe said.
Aside from the improved durability, the Lulz Liberator is a significant step forward because it was printed over only 48 hours with just $25 of plastic on a desktop 3D printer available for consumer use.
“People think this takes an $8,000 machine and that it blows up on the first shot. I want to dispel that,” Joe said. “This does work, and I want that to be known.”
See the Lulz Liberator being tested below via Andy Greenberg: