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MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy
Until a day ago, anyone could download 3D printing files for key gun components from MakerBot’s website. In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy, the 3D printing firm has pulled a collection of software models for gun parts from the website. Users were notified by lawyers that the models were deleted from design-sharing site Thingiverse.
MakerBot is a New York-based company best known for its printable objects, ranging from toys, 3D portraits, etc. The company’s representative Mr McCarthy said in a comment to CnNET:” “We reiterate or emphasize the site’s focus on creative empowerment for products that have a positive impact.”
“Congress passed a law banning plastic guns for two decades, when they were just a movie fantasy,” said Mr Israel. “With the advent of 3D printers these guns are suddenly a real possibility, but the law Congress passed is set to expire next year,” he added. Obama said Wednesday that a new group led by Vice President Joe Biden is charged with developing “concrete proposals” for dealing with gun violence “no later than January.”
Via BBC News
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