FBI Correspondence on Additive Manufacturing

Lukas Knight filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

DOJ-AP-2016-000220 ; 1337891-001

Est. Completion None
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From: Lukas Knight

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any internal correspondence (emails, memos, notes, etc.) with respect to the potential criminal uses of additive manufacturing (3D printing) from the last five years.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Lukas Knight

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Knight,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Lukas Knight

More specifically, I am requesting FBI files of any kind - not exempt from records requests - that pertain to 3D printers or associated technology being used to make firearms (plastic or otherwise) or any other weapons, assist in the production or consumption of illegal drugs, or violate intellectual property laws (copyright, trademark, etc.).

Any case files, emails, meeting minutes, notes, or memos that mention Defense Distributed or associated individuals, thingiverse.com, or the plastic firearm known as the "Liberator" are included in this request.

Also requested are the same documents regarding thingiverse and similar websites hosting plans for the printing of drug paraphernalia (marijuana pipes and grinders, syringes, etc.), as well as the possibility of printers being capable of making drugs themselves in the near future.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Lukas Knight

I would like to appeal my classification as a noncommercial requester. I am an employee of Muckrock (https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/dec/01/cesar-chavez-fbi-file/) requesting with the intention of publishing unique journalistic works regarding the requested documents.

Additionally, as summarized by the Justice Department, Office of Information Policy (see: http://www.justice.gov/oip/long-v-dhs-no-14-807-2015-wl-3961312-ddc-june-29-2015-cooper-j):

"...the court finds that "[p]laintiffs' uncontested representations that they intend and have the ability to disseminate new research to the public were sufficient to meet the definition of representatives of the news media." The court specifically addresses defendant's counter arguments and, in response, finds that "[i]ncorporating information from a range of sources . . . is not essential for news media status[,]"[...]"

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: OIP-NoReply

Please do not reply to this e-mail, as this account is not monitored. To ensure a prompt reply, please direct any inquiries to the contact information listed in the correspondence provided to you. Thank you.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-000220 has been processed with the following final disposition: Closed for other reasons -- Other -- Moot.

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