Podcast: 3D Printing Weapons Risk


Presented: February 8, 2017 12:00 pm
Presented by: Gregory Nichols

The proliferation of 3D printed weapons will likely grow in tandem with the optimization of 3D printing technology. As 3D printers and the materials they employ become cheaper and more widespread, the availability of “homemade” 3D printed weapons will also increase. It is important to consider emerging technologies, as potential impact is unclear. By anticipating the trajectory of this growing technology, we will be able to prevent instances of “homemade.” Because of these factors, 3D printed weapons will likely create new challenges in countering domestic terrorism, as any motivated individual in possession of a 3D printer could create a weapon capable of doing significant damage.

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