Among these FAQs, for instance, it’s made clear that a BIS license is now required to post online ‘‘any file, including any CAD file, that once converted will be in an executable code for the production of a firearm.”
3D Printing Industry has a great article on how the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has placed Export Administration Restrictions (EAR) on 3D printed firearms, including on the dissemination of related software files.
This comes just three months after the Ninth Circuit vacated an injunction placed on Defense Distributed, which allowed them to publicly release all of their 3D gun files for the first time in years. Can’t stop the signal? Well, they can sure make it difficult. Visit the article on 3D Printing Industry for much more info.