Spanish police find factory making 3D printing weapons during raid

A Spanish factory producing 3D-printed weapons was raided and a replica assault rifle, small arms, several gun barrels, two tasers and a machete were seized, police said on Sunday.

The factory workshop was located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands. The police arrested the owner and charged him with illegal possession of weapons and explosives.

This is the first such factory to be discovered in Spain also containing working 3D-printing equipment that could manufacture gun barrels in only two minutes, Spain’s National Police said in a statement.

There were also manuals on terrorism, urban guerilla warfare and how to make explosives at home using a 3D printer, as well as white supremacist literature and a pistol holster with the symbol of the German army during the Second World War.

A specialist team of dogs from the police’s TEDAX bomb squad sniffed out chemical substances that could be used to make explosives, the statement said.

Police also found nine ammunition magazines, two silencers, two pieces for rifle barrels and a plastic mold to make triggers, sights and other small weapons parts.

The raid took place on September 14, 2020, but remained secret by order of a judge until police completed their investigation.