Tendai Muswere: London student accused of making two guns using 3D printer

20 March 2019, 16:10 | Updated: 20 March 2019, 19:14

A student is thought to be the first person in the UK to face trial for allegedly making two guns using a 3D printer.

Tendai Muswere is being prosecuted for creating the frames of a James R Patrick PM522 Washbear Revolver and a Reprringer V3 Hexen pepper-box handgun.

The alleged weapons were found during a raid on his flat in Pimlico, central London.

Muswere, a Zimbabwean national, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, where he denied two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm connected to the two alleged weapons.

He also denied two counts of manufacture of a prohibited firearm relating to the same two guns.

The 25-year-old, who was studying at London's Southbank University at the time of the alleged offence, will attend a case management hearing on 19 June and his trial will begin on 27 August.

3D printing involves layering materials to create physical objects. It is increasingly being used for consumer products.

The Hexen pepper-box handgun is thought to be the first attempt to create a viable firearm with a 3D printer. It appeared in 2013.

The Washbear Revolver was created in November 2015, and instructions on how to print it were shared online.

In August last year, a US judge blocked the publication of blueprints for parts of a gun that can be made by a 3D printer, amid claims it would be undetectable.

The Trump administration had previously given the go-ahead for the online publication of the plans, which show how to make a firearm from printable parts.