You might have noticed some of Printedfirearms articles has been picked up by some of the better known gun blogs recently. Today we are sharing the love and featuring the first ever 3d printed metal suppressor which was originally posted on the truth about guns blog.
The original article says this suppressor (we at PrintedFirearms prefer suppressor over silencer) was made by a company that does not specialize in guns but rather was put together to showcase the technology. Hopefully they submitted the proper paperwork to do this but there is no mention of that in the original article. Regardless it is important to note that before you think about going and printing your own suppressor in plastic, metal or any other material make sure you follow all laws and regulations.
“The 3D printing being done isn’t the typical plastic extrusion you usually see. Instead it uses a metal sintering process. Layer by layer, the machine applies a light coat of metal particles to a board and then a laser essentially welds those particles into place. The remaining metal particles are recycled for the next manufacturing run at a rate of about 90%, which is excellent considering that a monocore baffle design loses well over 75% of its mass to the machining process and that material is sold to scrappers for pennies on the dollar. 3D printing is more economical, and it allows for some crazy designs.” truth about guns blog.
Guess this is one of the few designs your the $500 da vinci 3d printer can’t handle. They go on to talk about how the design was made in solid works and uses a K baffles. Its pretty neat and definitely worth the full read over on their site.