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Spanish police raid a factory of 3D printed weapons

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She said Spanish Police: A replica assault rifle, small arms, several pistols, tasers and a cleaver were among the arsenals seized from a Spanish factory that it discovered was producing 3D printed weapons.

Officers raided an illegal weapons workshop in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands and arrested its owner, who is accused of illegally possessing weapons and explosives on behalf of a group suspected of being from the far right.

The Spanish National Police said in a statement: It is the first factory of this type to be discovered in Spain, and it also contains 3D printing equipment that can manufacture the barrel of the gun in just two minutes.

There were also pamphlets on terrorism, urban guerrilla warfare, how to make explosives at home using 3D printing, as well as white supremacy literature and a pistol holster bearing the German army symbol during WWII.

The statement said: The specialized team of dogs from the explosives squad of the police discovered chemical materials that can be used in the manufacture of explosives.

Police also found 9 stores of ammunition, a silencer, two rifle barrel pieces, a plastic mold for making the trigger and other small arms parts.

The company confiscated two 3D printers, 11 reels of filament for 3D printers, and several computers used in manufacturing.

The operation took place on September 14 of last year, but it was kept secret by order of a judge, as often happens in Spain, until the police were allowed to reveal the details.

A police report said: The three-dimensional printing of weapons is part of a new emerging threat in illicit arms smuggling in Europe.

The statement cited the terrorist attack in Germany in October 2019, which was carried out with a rifle made with 3D printing technology.

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