Defense Distributed

since Dec 2012

to develop and freely publish firearms-related design schematics that can be downloaded and reproduced by anyone


  • December 2012 raised $20,000 via crowd-funding
    – confiscated their first 3D printer
  • online open-source hardware organization
  • develop digital schematics of firearms in CAD files
    – downloaded from the Internet and used in 3D printing or CNC milling
  •  Cody Wilson founder and spokesperson
  • December 2012 DEFCAD
  • May 5, 2013, Defense Distributed made printable STL files public
    – Liberator, the world’s first completely 3D printed gun
    – the United States Department of State demanded they be removed from the Internet
  • October 2014 Ghost Gunner
    – miniature CNC mill for completing receivers for the AR-15
  • May 6, 2015, Defense Distributed, joined by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), filed Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dept. of State in the Western District of Texas
  • July 27, 2018, Defense Distributed released ten CAD files for download at DEFCAD

Defense Distributed
2320 Donley Dr
Austin, TX 78758

(512) 584-8013