Saturday March 11, 2017

US Army 3D-Prints Grenade Launcher Called R.A.M.B.O.

Dwindling weapon supplies may be less of an issue on future battlefields, as soldiers may be able to make guns and ammunition on demand with 3D printers. The US Army just proved the viability of this with the world’s first 3D-printed grenade launcher: not only does it work, you can even print grenades for it. While it did take 70 hours to print, the weapon displayed zero degradation after 15 shots.

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آ…the US Army has revealed a grenade launcher made almost entirely from 3D-printed parts. Even better, it fires 3D-printed grenades. The project highlights the Army's interest in integrating new manufacturing technologies, ideally lowering costs and easing supply demands down the road. Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance, or R.A.M.B.O., is a modified M203 grenade launcher with a shoulder stock and pistol grip. The M203 grenade launcher is an older, pump-action design that was fitted under the barrel of an M16 rifle or M4 carbine. It's also probably no longer protected by patent.