Daniel Defense launches 3D printed silencer device (VIDEO)

07/24/17 1:21 PM | by

Daniel Defense joined the ranks of other gun makers branching out into the burgeoning silencer market by releasing its first standalone suppressor device on Monday.

The Georgia-based Daniel Defense highlighted the construction of the DD Wave, which is produced with a 3D printer as a single item, so it requires no assembly, explained the company’s owner and president, Marty Daniel.

“The one-piece design, constructed from Inconel, eliminates the need for welds, which are usually the weakest parts of a suppressor. So what you’re left with is a suppressor of unmatched strength and durability,” he said.

“We are able to do things with this type of manufacturing that you simply can’t with a conventional machine,” he said, adding the item is “constructed entirely using 3D direct metal laser sintering technology.”

The company said the silencer design features a “cascading baffle geometry” similar to if it had been produced using traditional manufacturing techniques. But also touts the benefits of 3D printing technology, saying it “allows for a one-of-a-kind baffle design that forces gas into concentric,  confined spaces, extending dwell time in the suppressor” that better “attenuates” sound.

Constructed from Inconel, stainless steel and titanium — and with a Cerakote finish — the DD Wave is designed to handle 7.62mm cartridges. Depending on whether you get quick-detach or direct thread options, the device is priced at $1,157 or $986.

A number of other major gun manufacturers — including Sig Sauer, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Remington, just to name a few — have focused production efforts on silencers. However, those same companies and their representatives have been lobbying lawmakers to deregulate the silencers from federal limitations.

In the last decade, the items have gained in popularity despite heavy regulations. From 2014 to 2016, the number of silencers sole increased 39 percent, jumping from 571,150 to 792,282, federal data shows.

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