Jordan Erica Webber looks at the battle to regulate 3D printing, a technology that can print untraceable guns and build homes

In July 2018, a US district judge issued a temporary restraining order against a company called Defense Distributed, run by crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson, to prevent them from releasing the blueprints for a 3D-printed gun.

These blueprints would enable anyone with access to the right tools and materials to print a firearm that would be untraceable, with no background checks needed. To get around this injunction, which stopped him from making the plans public for free, Wilson started selling them online and distributing them via email and USB in August.

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