3D Printing is only getting more popular as we move further into the 21st century. A group known as DEFCAD is trying to take advantage of the increasing popularity by launching a search engine focused exclusively on finding different models of 3D printers.
Making a bit of a departure with this new program, DEFCAD has been best known for offering blueprints to 3D printable versions of firearms.
DEFCAD has long claimed that the searches for 3D devices are being censored, mainly because big-time companies don’t like to have high-quality alternatives that can be made at home. Bigger search engines are quick to point out that there simply isn’t enough demand to push these items to the top of search terms just yet.
The growing interest in making all kinds of things using a 3D printer, though, is getting big enough that Google (News - Alert) and other companies are taking notice.
The group has proclaimed that in order to get the search engine to be as useful and active as they would like, they’ll need a boost financially. Once DEFCAD has the funding to the search engine, they’ll be rewarding those who did give them the money with first access to the engine.
The firearm blueprints the group currently holds number over 50, but the way they have put them together makes these completely legal for now. More government agencies are moving to make 3D printable weapons illegal, simply because they’re usually made of plastic and far too hard to detect.
While DEFCAD admits it needs money in order to put the search engine together, the group claims that monetary gain isn’t the end goal. On its website, the group published an explanation of what the engine will be used for and what its goal for the project is.
“Like Wikipedia,” it said, “nightly database mirrors will also be made available via BitTorrent (News - Alert). Our goal is not profit maximization; it is an end to the artificial scarcity of copyright, IP, and regulation.”
Edited by Braden Becker