Crazy! New Suppressor Is 3D Printed

Suppressors may just be one of the best products in the entire gun industry. These incredible pieces of equipment allow a shooter to fire off round after round, while the suppressor works to silence (or suppress) the sound of the gunshot.

As a result, the firearm emits a much quieter noise, and leads to far fewer people even hearing the blast. Not to mention suppressors do wonders for your hearing, as they help prevent the significant hearing loss and damage you can receive while shooting without one.

There’s no doubt about it – suppressors are pretty incredible. But it’s important to remember that they’re not all the same. For instance, Daniel Defense just came out with a new suppressor that practically blows all others out of the water.

According to Gun Digest:

The Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 is the Georgia-based company’s first standalone suppressor, and one of the first in the industry to be entirely 3D printed.

Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 Snapshot:

  • Daniel Defense’s first suppressor, and one of the industry’s first major 3D-printed centerfire suppressors
  • Features a one-piece Inconel baffle/tube with advanced cascading baffle geometry
  • It utilizes no welds, which are some of the weaker points in traditional suppressors
  • Reduces sound by 30 dB in 5.56, 40 dB in .300 BLK
  • Available in quick-detach (QD) or direct-thread (DT) models
  • Rated for use with 5.56 NATO up to .300 Win. Mag.

It’s no secret that 3D printing technology has had an influence on the firearms industry. Whether used to rapidly produce prototypes of new products during the research and development phase or to create a finished product, 3D printing has become a key piece of technology for many in the business. This can clearly be seen with one of the newest pieces of gear to hit the market, the Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 3D printed suppressor.

Officially launched back at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, the new Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 is created using a laser sintering 3D printing approach, which essentially means it uses a laser to fuse materials together and form the desired 3D shape. According to Daniel Defense, this is the same 3D printing approach often used to create parts for space rockets.

The Wave, which is Daniel Defense’s first standalone suppressor, has to be one of the first 3D-printed cans to be produced and offered by a well-known name in the industry. Others have produced 3D-printed suppressors in the past, including rimfire versions as well as a few for centerfire cartridges, but none, it seems, with the brand recognition of Daniel Defense.

The Daniel Defense Wave 7.62 features a one-piece Inconel baffle/tube that utilizes what the company refers to as an advanced cascading baffle geometry, which is designed to effectively attenuate sound. According to the manufacturer’s website, the suppressor reduces sound by around 30 dB with 5.56 NATO and by around 40 dB with .300 BLK.

However, that’s not all.  One of the most intriguing aspects of the 3-D printed Daniel Defense Wave is the fact that it removes any need for welds. This is absolutely great news, considering the welds can be some of the weakest parts of a traditional suppressor’s design. Therefore, the removal of these welds allows for the suppressor to become significantly more durable.

But there’s one more thing (you know…in case that wasn’t enough). The Wave also comes with an Acme Thread Quick-Clamping System. This system tightly clamps to a 17-4PH muzzle device. The heavy threads on the muzzle help prevent the buildup of carbon, and thus allow for the can’s easy removal – even if you’ve been using it nonstop for a long time.