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Innovation Challenge: Improving Firearm Safety

Can 3D printing make the world a safer place? Help us create an Innovation Challenge to develop products that improve gun safety.

SUMMARY

Help us use 3D printing to make the world a safer place.

Firearm and ammunition sales have skyrocketed in the USA. Accidental shooting and firearm theft are poised to become even bigger problems.

We want to tackle this problem by conducting an Innovation Challenge that will allow inventors and designers to submit 3D printable product ideas that improve gun safety.

We need your help to fund this important endeavor. No money, no mission.

Share our story by visiting 3Dlt.com/innovate

 

BACKGROUND

3D Printing allows people to manufacture three dimensional objects, on demand, from designs they create using computer aided design (CAD) software. The benefits of 3D printing are being applied to many industries including heathcare, aerospace, automotive, among many others. Theindustry has evolved to the point where consumers are now buying 3D printed “copies” online and at retail stores. 

 3Dlt.com is a 3D template marketplace. Like a stock photo site, we’ve created a marketplace where professional designers, students, companies, and other organizations can sell their designs online. Our powerful search algorithm makes it easy for consumers to find the things they’re interested in. In addition to file download we also offer printing services, online and at retail. 

More than just a design marketplace, 3Dlt.com is a fast track to innovation. We think our platform and 3D printing can play a role in solving some of the world's big problems. For our first initiative we plan to launch an Innovation Challenge using 3D printing to improve gun safety. 

 WE ARE NOT TAKING A STANCE ON GUN OWNERSHIP. 

 Somewhere between 70 and 80 million Americans own a total of 270-300 million guns. Since the FBI began mandating background checks for firearms purchases in 1993, 165 million have been conducted. 

 In 2010 guns took the lives of 31,076 people. 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds. Guns were used in 11,078 homicides and 19,302 suicides. Gun-related accidents killed 606 people. More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0-19 year-olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend. 

 Beyond injury and death, firearm theft creates even more problems. It has been estimated that over 500,000 firearms are stolen in the USA each year. An increase in gun ownership could lead to an increase in burglary - especially as stolen guns are easy to sell quickly and at good prices. 

 For a number of reasons, including recent events, fear and talk of stricter control, gun sales are at an all-time high. In 2002 the FBI processed 8.5 million background checks. In 2012? 16.5 million. Black Friday 2012 was the busiest single day ever, with over 150,000 checks conducted. 

While most of the economy has struggled, the firearms industry has flourished. Since 2008, profits are up over 100% at two of the biggest firms, and employment in the sector is up 30%. With the demand, many outlets have sold out of popular models and prices have gone up, driving even more demand. Ammunition sales are also brisk. Winchester’s ammunition sales for instance, have gone up 33% since 2007. In fact, many retailers and eCommerce websites cannot keep popular calibers and brands in-stock. 

Then there’s concealed carry. Since the mid-1980’s 49 states have enacted some kind of legislation solidifying their citizen’s rights to carry a concealed firearm in public either without a permit or after obtaining one. Nationally, the NSSF estimates there are 6.8 million concealed-carry holders today. This is up from about one million in the mid-1980s. 

PROBLEM 

More people (including untrained newbies) are buying guns and they are purchasing and stockpiling more ammunition than they otherwise might. Since they are unable to find ammunition in their local store, they are ordering it online and having it shipped to them (via UPS, FedEx, and other commercial carriers.) This has the potential to alert others to the presence of a gun or create a liability as deliveries can be left without a signature. Beyond that, a growing percentage of the population is legally permitted to carry loaded firearms in public. We believe that together, these things have the potential to exacerbate the gun safety issue...soon. 

RESOLUTION

Innovations in firearm safety have the potential to save thousands of lives each and every year. Whether you support 2nd Amendment rights or think tougher gun legislation is the answer, we can all agree that gun safety is vitally important. More guns and ammo in the hands of more untrained users could lead to more crime, injury and death.

For many reasons product innovation in firearm safety has stifled

The Innovation Challenge will focus on using 3D printing to develop new products that improve firearm safety. 

What types of firearm safety products could be 3D printed? Gun locks, safety accessories, and ammunition storage all seem like opportunities. Following are two examples of gun safety products that could potentially have a 3D printed component. 

 Examples: http://www.safetybullet.com/testimonials.html

http://www.tarnhelm.com/magna-trigger/gun/safety/magna1.html 

Please note we are not promoting the use of 3D printing to produce guns or gun enhancements. 

The concept of 3D printed firearms is getting lots of press coverage and exposure right now. The eventual availability of 3D printed guns creates an ever greater need for improved gun safety. While some see 3D printing as a problem, we think it can also be part of the solution. All entries in our challenge will be vetted and only those with potential to improve safety will be accepted. 

Why focus on innovation in 3D printing? 

We’re promoting a 3D design-first philosophy. 3D printing provides on demand manufacturing, anywhere in the world. It's also a fast track to product innovation. Projects created for 3D printing are generally ready for mass production, when and where it makes sense.

How will it work? 

We’ll use the money from this crowdfunding campaign to fund a competition among designers to submit designs for 3D printable products that promote firearm safety. We’ll offer different categories (with different sponsors, and have an overall champion). Voting will be split 50/50 between our panel of experts (TBD) and the general public. Vote early and often for your favorite designer. 

Transparency

We’ll operate the Innovation Challenge in a completely transparent manner. Winners will pay out as follows: 

  • Grand Prize: 25% of crowdfunded total 
  • 2nd Place: 15% of crowdfunded total 
  • 3rd Place: 5% of crowdfunded total 
  • Honorable Mention: 2.5% of crowdfunded total 
  • Other awards: 2.5% of crowdfunded total 

The remaining 50% will be used to market and operate the Innovation Challenge. At the conclusion of the event an expense summary will be published to our website. Any remaining funds will be applied towards a future Innovation Challenge.

Scalability

The scalability of the Innovation Challenge will allow us to fulfill our commitment to our investors regardless of whether we raise $100 or $100,000. But the more you invest, the more we can pay our winners. Your dollars drive innovation. As the payout gets bigger the quantity and quality of submissions will likely increase. 

What’s in it for Us? 

Designs from the Innovation Challenge will be featured and sold on 3Dlt.com. But more importantly, it's our chance to make the world a better place, one problem at a time.

What’s in it for You as an Investor?

Get cool stuff, foster innovation, and potentially save lives by making the world a safer place. 

FAQ

Innovation Challenge Rules 

Our goal is to improve firearm safety through innovative 3D printable products. The Innovation Challenge will operate under these rules: 

  • Products must have a 3D printed component and not be purely software or web services in origin. 
  • Contestants must provide the design file (.STL), thumbnail images, and two 3D printed copies of their submission 
  • Existing products / updates to existing products will be accepted - but must be 3D printable 
  • Product must not have an existing Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding effort already underway. 
  • All submissions will be vetted by our team of firearms safety experts. 
  • Rules are subject to change and qualified submissions are not guaranteed for inclusion.

Timeline

  • Indiegogo campaign:  January 18 - March 18, 2013.
  • Announce prize amounts and details:  March 21, 2013
  • Open the Innovation Challenge:  April 1, 2013  
  • Close the Innovation Challenge:  April 30, 2013  
  • Voting:  May 1 - May 31, 2013  
  • Announce winners:  June 17, 2013

How can you help? 

We’re not asking you to fund 3Dlt.com. We are a for-profit company and will benefit by receiving a license to resell all of the designs that are submitted. All funds received via this crowdfunding initiative will be used to fund this project and an expense review will be posted on our website at the completion of the challenge. 

We are asking you to fund innovation in firearm safety. 

We’re also asking you to spread the word. Visit 3Dlt.com/innovate to share our plan for a safer world with your social network.

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

The biggest risk for this project are some of the legal issues that may arise around the Innovation Challenge. We will have to account for this and take proper care to indemnify all parties. Some of the funds raised by this project will be used to cover legal fees associated with this.

The other risk is that no designs are submitted to the Innovation Challenge.

THE TEAM

Learn more about 3Dlt.com by visiting our website and learn more about our team members by visiting our Google+ Page

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