In what may be a world’s first, silencer manufacturer Delta P Design has just announced a 50 caliber rated 3D printed suppressor. The 12.7mm (I’ll let you do the math) model is made with a proprietary inconel alloy that can withstand use on a variety of heavy machine guns.
Besides being beltfed rated, the 12.7 can withstand extreme temperature shock. For example, boat mounted 50 caliber heavy machine guns utilizing the new Delta P silencer can be run with a high firing schedule and still take a blast of cold seawater without failure.
Why suppress a beltfed fifty? Silencers can change the way gunfire sounds to the receiving party, providing an added level of confusion for the enemy. Obviously, these new models have some very unique and “special” applications, but if you are interested in one for yourself, drop Delta P a line.
The new 12.7mm Delta P Design Silencer:
DELTA P DESIGN INTRODUCES A 3-D PRINTED .50 CALIBER SUPPRESSOR DURING SOFIC 2017
WALTERVILLE, OR, MAY 12, 2017 – Delta P Design announced today that it has developed a .50 caliber machine-gun suppressor to add to its BREVIS® II family of suppressors. Using state-of-the-art Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) 3-D printing technology, the BREVIS II is manufactured in a single, solid piece of metal with no welds or threaded seams for failure points. The BREVIS II suppressors are smaller, lighter, and more durable than conventionally made suppressors and are therefore able to withstand the extremes of heat and pressure found in certain applications. Delta P Design specializes in these extreme-duty applications, such as Short Barrel Rifles (SBR) and belt-fed machine guns.
Manufactured entirely in Inconel (for belt-fed machine guns) or titanium (for bolt-action or semi-automatic rifles), the .50 caliber suppressor has demonstrated in testing its unique ability to combine shorter length, lighter weight, and superior durability than possible with conventional design and manufacturing technology. Like the rest of the BREVIS II line, the new suppressors excel in all categories including both sound and flash suppression.
Leveraging the advantages of additive manufacturing and design expertise allows Delta P Design to overcome the challenges associated with these difficult applications. The ability to effectively suppress weapons in the heavy machine gun role opens up significant possibilities for the application of these weapon system(s) on multiple platforms for customers.
Delta P Design is currently qualifying suppressors in this class with various customers around the world. Delta P Design provides a full line of suppression solutions and specializes in quick turn development to meet unique applications.
Delta P Design has also announced a 9.5mm silencer:
In addition to the announcement of the new silencers, Delta P Design is partnering with i3DMFG in an exclusive agreement to build the next generation of 3D printed suppressors.
WALTERVILLE, OR, MAY 12, 2017 – Delta P Design and i3DMFG today announced their exclusive agreement to design and manufacture 3D-printed weapon suppressors using i3D’s Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) technology. Combining Delta P’s extensive design expertise and i3D’s manufacturing technology, the BREVIS II suppressor line is printed in entirely one piece, with no welded or threaded failure points, providing superior performance, reliability, size and weight reduction.
Since the invention of the suppressor more a century ago, designs have been variations on the original theme, locked in and limited by manufacturing processes even older. They all have one thing in common—they are an assembly of many parts welded or threaded together, housed in a cylindrical tube—placing severe limitations on performance. Since threads and welds mean failure points, virtually all suppressors require a quick-disconnect feature in case of failure, further adding to size, weight and cost.
Suppressors utilizing the combined 3D printing manufacturing and design expertise of i3D and Delta P Design are made from a single piece of metal. This overcomes many of the restraints imposed by traditional manufacturing methods and removes the negatives imposed by multi-part assemblies.
Features are included that are impossible to make using traditional technology, resulting in smaller, lighter suppressors with improved performance and exceptional durability. For example, all-Inconel suppressors are now possible. Inconel is a high nickel super alloy with significant advantages over stainless steel for suppressor applications. The all-Inconel BREVIS II Magnum suppressors solve the problem of durability in heavy machine-gun applications.
The use of i3D’s manufacturing technology provides a fast turn-around from design to a CAD file, then directly to the 3D printing machine. This eliminates the time consuming steps of parts fabrication and assembly, and greatly simplifies the supply chain. Delta P and i3D specialize in rapid delivery of new designs to meet unique requirements.
“3D printed suppressor design requires multiple disciplines coming together,” explained Dave Strong, head of sales and marketing for Delta P Design. “In many cases, it is as much about development of the manufacturing know-how as it is suppressor design. Delta P Design looks forward to working closely with i3D to leverage their industry leading capabilities and expertise in this field.”
“Designing suppressors for 3-D printing requires a sophisticated mastery of both engineering and physics,” added Chad Cooper, chief strategic officer of i3D. “Both the innovation and the speed that is possible with this state-of-the-art technology would have been unimaginable to the prior generation of engineers. We literally can go from performance requirements and a CAD file to finished parts in a matter of days.”
The Brevis II family is available in a variety of calibers ranging from 5.56mm to .50BMG.