Defense Distributed is an odd idea for a company. It's a cooperative, non-profit organisation, designed to help create a blueprint for a 3D gun. It's the Wikipedia of death and terror. And it says it'll be ready to start testing its printable shooter before the end of the year.

Cody Wilson, a loose combination of boss of and spokesperson for the company, claims all it's waiting on now is the relevant paperwork from US authorities, that will allow it to officially begin manufacturing firearms without everyone associated with it being banged up.

This formal approval is expected to arrive in the next few weeks, after which some test weapons will be printed up from a selection of blueprints the company has ready to go. And the required CAD files will eventually be made available for everyone to download and print themselves. [Guardian]